March 19, 2024

Jottings – Spring 2024

Nikolaj Thomsen Lünd, who went through so many name variations in his youth that he finally settled upon “N. T. Lund”, became a kind of Danish midwestern Everyman after immigrating to the United States in April of 1882 at the age of seven years.
December 17, 2023

Jottings – Fall 2023

Our volunteers have always been the lifeblood of our organization. John W. Nielsen, Ninna Engskow, Ruth Herman Nielsen and Flo Hansen started recording volunteer hours on July 28, 1992.
August 6, 2023

Jottings – Summer 2023

In the Fall 2007 Jottings, John W. Nielsen announced a name change for the organization (at that time still within Dana College) from The Danish Immigrant Archive to The Danish American Archive and Library to more accurately reflect the expanding nature of its focus and holdings.
March 9, 2023

Jottings – January 2023

Remodeling Improvements. Sandy Sonderup is pictured with new track lighting and an exhibit case behind her. The workstation now has a computer and an ergonomic office chair. There is also a standing table available for laying out projects, and the top of the front cabinet is open for displaying items.
September 21, 2022

Jottings – September 2022

The Dream Becomes a Reality. The first panels of the Danish American Commemorative Wall are on display! What began with the question: “Do you have any naming opportunities?” has become a reality thanks to the collaborative efforts of many.
June 1, 2022

Jottings – May 2022

Revealing the Remodeled DAAL. The Danish American Archive and Library closed for remodeling last October and reopened this March. During that time our major goal was to install movable shelving on one side of the Archive to increase our storage space.
January 31, 2022

Jottings – January 2022

The Commemorative Wall: Honoring Danish America. A conversation between Executive Director Jill Hennick and Dr. Linda Miller of Henderson, Nevada, sparked the idea for our Danish American Commemorative Wall. Dr. Miller asked Jill if the DAAL had any naming opportunities.
September 27, 2021

Jottings – September 2021

Teacher, college professor, pastor, editor and scholar Dr. John W. Nielsen established the DAAL in its current form in 1990 and infused it with his energy and a passion for Danish American history that carries through to today.
May 13, 2021

Jottings – May 2021

Dana College closed its doors nearly eleven years ago. For those of us with any connection to the college there was a tremendous feeling of loss—almost as if there had been a death in the family.