Danish Children Growing Up American is a delightful photo exhibit featuring Danish immigrant children as they adjust to life in America. It is the result of collaboration between the Danish American Archive and Library (DAAL), located in Blair, Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Since opening at UNO in 2013 it has traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, the Denver public library and the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The exhibit depicts Danish immigrant children at around the turn of the 20th century. Twenty 8-foot high by 4-foot wide panels feature roughly 50 photos showing various stages of a child’s life at the time, from infancy to their early teens. All of the photos come from the DAAL’s collections, and were selected out of tens of thousands of wonderful photos housed at the Archive. Being scanned at very high resolution, the selected photos were expanded to the size of the panels without losing any clarity. In fact, the larger size allows one to see detail not possible in the small snapshots.
Although the photos depict Danish children, their experience is universal among immigrant children then, no matter what their nationality. In fact immigrant children today are still experiencing some of the same or even greater challenges that these earlier Danish children faced.
The exhibit is available for display beginning May 1, 2016. There is no rental fee, but we require exhibitors to provide insurance and transportation costs. If you would like to host the Danish Children Growing Up American exhibit, please call the DAAL at 402-426-2695, or contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.