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Institute of Texan Cultures' Texans Series
Danish Texans, perhaps, are the best model of a small group going through the acculturation process—that is, becoming Texans and adding to the concept of what it is to be Texan. Danish heritage are notable in the last 170 years. Danish immigrants came for varied motives, but for most the reasons were land and economic prosperity. They are often known for their individuality...in some cases, eccentricity. Informal groups of Danish families settled in northern Lee County, known as “Little Denmark,” as well as in Williamson County and in Rocky Hill near Fredericksburg, but the rural Wharton County colony of Danevang, the Danish Field, is the only coherent Danish colony in the state.
In the late summer of 1894, the first settlers of Danevang, mostly Danes who had spent some years on the United States’ northern plains, arrived in Texas, finding land south of El Campo. In the face of adverse weather, Gulf hurricanes, and the necessity of raising unfamiliar crops, the colony did not initially prosper. The Danes came with the idea of showing off their north-country farming skills and preserving a distinctly Danish way of life. They did neither. But they stayed, eventually a hundred families strong.
The Handbook of Texas
- DanesThis Handbook of Texas describes how the Danes came to Texas and what they did to retain their culture within and adapted to American culture.
- Danish Club of AustinMission:
The Danish Club of Austin is organized for cultural, social and educational purposes;
To preserve and foster Danish traditions and culture among its members;
To promote fellowship with Danes, persons of Danish ancestry and
anyone interested in Scandinavian culture, history, subjects and events.
To provide a meeting place for its members;
To assist Danes who have recently relocated
or immigrated to the United States of America.
To foster and promote cultural exchanges between
the United States of America and Denmark
- Danish Heritage Museum of DanevangLocated in Danevang, this museum complex celebrates Danish heritage. In 1894, Danes settled in Wharton County where this museum is located.Address:
153 County Road 426
Danevang, Texas 77432
Tuesday - Saturday 1:00 to 4:00 pm
No entrance fee. A donation of $5 per person is appreciated.
- Vikingeskolen: The Danish Saturday School of HoustonThe mission of Vikingeskolen is to promote the Danish language, culture and traditions for children and adults in the Houston area who wish to learn/improve their Danish regardless of proficiency.