Danish Immigrant Musuem receives $158-k grant


December 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn have announced the awarding of a major grant to the museum from a foundation which provides grants for co-operation and cultural interaction between Denmark and the other Nordic-related countries. A $158,000 grant from the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation in Denmark will be used to digitize and provide global, on-line access to historic Danish-American archival collections.

Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn, IA

The project is a partnership with the Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska, the Danish Immigrant Archive – Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Danish American Heritage Society, Salem, Oregon. The project will also include digitization of forty-nine (49) original scrapbooks of newspaper clippings by the world renowned Danish tenor, Lauritz, Melchior, which he began keeping in 1925.

The clipping have recently come into the possession of The Danish Immigrant Museum and are in a very fragile and deteriorating condition.