Falling in Love with Autumn

There’s nothing quite like the autumn, especially here in the northern part of the country where we experience all four glorious seasons.  Fall just seems to bring with it an invigorating and refreshing quality.  Not only is the landscape around us transforming into a brightly hued scene begging to be appreciated and admired, but also…

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Going to the Races for Charity

The Danish Home was a buzz this week as residents prepared their finery for the annual fund-raising event happening this Sunday at Arlington Park and Racetrack.  Mormor is wearing a blue suit with a black hat and shoes.  She has had the hat since the 1950s and she will be absolutely stunning on Sunday!  She…

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How To Be Danish

September 10, 2014 Believe it or not, this is the name of a book by Patrick Kingsley.  It was actually his first book although he was a writer for The Guardian for several years before that.  This book was resting on the living room coffee table.  I thumbed through it while Mormor was getting a…

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Want to Win $100?

August 27, 2014 I am so excited to tell you that I am going to the 35th Annual Scandinavian Day Festival on September 7 in Vasa Park.   And, you will be able to sign up for chance to win $100 if you subscribe to the Hope Chest on or before that date.  Nice!  Just sign up…

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The Windmill Along The Way

August 15, 2014 Finding the treasures in The Hope Chest and talking to my Mormor who lives at The Danish Home about the Danish culture has intrigued me, as you know.  I had the chance to visit Elk Horn Iowa, where, with its sister community, Kimballton, live one of the largest concentration of Danes in…

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Home is Where the Heart Is” – Part 2

August 9, 2014   In last week’s post I discussed some intriguing information that was discovered about the Thorsen home (still standing!) here in Chicago.  While I was learning more about the home though I also realized so much more about Chicago history, and I just had to share.   Chicago had the fastest population…

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Home is Where the Heart Is – Part 1

August 1, 2014    “Enhver er sin egen lykkes smed.” – Danish proverb Translation: “Everyone has his own fortune.” English equivalent: The world is your oyster.     The city of Chicago has changed drastically over the past 150 years.  When the Thorsen family arrived in Chicago from Copenhagen in 1869 there were less than…

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The Danish Sisterhood of America

July 25, 2014   Four years after Emma Thorsen and her family departed Copenhagen for Chicago – eventually becoming one of the founders of The Danish Home of Chicago in 1891- another young woman living in Orup, Denmark (50 miles SW of Copenhagen) was preparing her family for a similar move, and a comparable influence…

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