Newest LurLur Publications is the publishing arm of The Danish American Archive and Library. Taking its name form the graceful Bronze Age horns found in Scandinavian museums, Lur Publications offers books from the Danish experience in Denmark, America and throughout the world. Below is the comprehensive list of publications available through Lur Publications. To find out more or to order books, please contact the Danish American Archive and Library by e-mail at: or by telephone at (402) 426-7910.


Books available through Lur Publications include:

plough_90Plough to the Setting Sun
By Enok Mortensen
189 pages

A novel of Peder Bro, an immigrant pastor, his family, and the challenges facing the early Danish Lutherans in America. It provides an interesting and insightful picture of the life of an early immigrant pastor, the tension that arose between followers of N.S.F Grundtvig and the Indre Mission, the gradual waning of that tension, the hardships faced by the small struggling congregations, and the difficulty of parents trying to retain the loyalty of their children to Danish language, practices and beliefs.

poems_90Selected Poems
By Gustaf Munch-Petersen
Translated by Brian Young
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The author of these poems, born in 1912, was a sensitive young Danish Artist, poet and idealist who died resisting Franco’s reactionary forces in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War. Although not attaining literary recognition during his short life, he has subsequently been hailed as one of the avant-garde leaders in Danish literature At the time of his death at age 26, he was married to Lisbet Hjorth and had two young daughters.

dhi018_thumbPeter S. Petersen’s Memoirs
By Peter S. Petersen
Eds. John W. Nielsen and Karsten Michaelsen
248 pages

These memoirs are valuable for their depiction of life in Nebraska and Wyoming in the 1870s and 1880s. Not only are the usual pioneer hardships described, but one also reads of the founding of villages, churches and schools and Petersen’s experiences as a farmhand, a general store employee, a railroad worker and a rancher. The narrator continually returns to Dannebrog, Nebraska.

dhi006Attracted to America
Ed. Ivan E. Nielsen
164 pages

The thirty-five vignettes by various Danish immigrants and their descendants that comprise this book span a century and range over much of the United States and Canada and include early experiences in Denmark. The vignettes describe rural and urban life as well as personal encounters with blizzards and drought, the San Francisco earthquake and the Great Depression as these immigrants assimilate and become Americans.

frontiers_90Our Last Frontiers: A World Cruise Diary
By Borge and Lotte Christensen
Eds. John W. Nielsen and Dorothy Wright
238 pages

Offers a journey to six continents as the reader travels with the authors on a world cruise. These intrepid Danish immigrants overcome what could be disconcerting personal obstacles caused by a leg injury and the loss of a tooth, to respond enthusiastically to each unfolding experience involving people and animals, nature and culture. Borge’s meticulous recording of position, temperature and speed adds special authenticity to the work.

cloud_90Under the Cloud: Dagmar Vasby’s Memoirs
By Dagmar Vasby with Charlene Luchterhand
Ed. John W. Nielsen
142 pages

This is both an account of courage and faith as Dagmar Vasby serves as a medical missionary in China and Liberia and a tribute to her parents, Niels Christian and Laura Petersen, who served Lutheran parishes in the United States and Denmark. God’s guiding could leads Dagmar across Stalinist Russia and Chinese Manchuria where she experiences the Japanese occupation, the ravages of WW II and the subsequent Soviet incursion.

danes_1908_90Danes in America: Danish-American Lutheranism from 1860-1908
By Peder Kjølhede, P.S. Vig, and I.M. Hansen
Ed. John W. Nielsen
Translated: Edward A. Hansen and Inga Larsen
186 pages

This book is the first in a projected multi-volume translation of the 1906, 1916 two-volume work entitled Danske I Amerika. As the title suggests, this book covers the early efforts at establishing a Danish Church in America. Eventually differences of religious emphases outweighed Danish heritage, resulting in two different churches. Scholars have long used the original work as a major source of information.

danes_kansas_90Danes in America: Kansas and Nebraska
By Julius Johnsen and others
Ed. John W. Nielsen
Translated: Ninna Engskow
156 pages

This second book, drawn from the previous untranslated Danske I Amerika, deals with early Danish settlements in Kansas and Nebraska. here one reads of blizzards, droughts, prairie fires, grasshopper plagues and much more in a people’s attempt to establish new lives. Gradually the open prairie is transformed into something far more familiar.

fighting_90Inside the Fighting First: Papers of a Nebraska Private in the Philippine War (1898-1899)
Ed. Thomas Solevad Nielsen
Introduction and Commentary: Matthew Plowman
Translated: Trine Feuerborn
188 pages

This book consists of the diary of Henry Thompson, the letters he wrote home and a selection of those that he received as the Spanish American War wound down and the Philippine War revved up. Thompson, the son of Danish immigrants living near St. Edwards, Nebraska, wrote in English; his parents’ letters (translated) were written in Danish. The book reveals the changing mentality of a soldier as combat intensifies.

dhi003A Frame But No Picture: the Story of a Boy Left in Denmark
Ed. John W. Nielsen
Translated: Dorte Starmose and Ninna Engskow
63 pages

These letters provide a poignant account of a Danish family who left their youngest child behind when they emigrated from Denmark. Much is revealed about their everyday life in both Denmark and the United States even as the reader, and undoubtedly the parents, longs for more information about Adolf, the little boy left behind.

pauline_90Pauline and Panno: Immigrant Lives Intertwined
By Fred Baltz
78 pages

This is an account of two immigrants – one from Denmark, the other from Greece. Both come to Chicago – Pauline from her rural Nebraska and Minnesota background, Peter directly from his native Greece. There they marry and struggle to survive during the Great Depression and WW II.

elna_90Elna: A Danish Blossom in Urban Blight
By Harold E. Olsen
Ed. John W. Nielsen
170 pages

Abandoned by her handsome husband, Elna is left to rear her two small children during the dark days of the 1930s. The book conveys vivid insight into urban life as this young immigrant survives through hard work, creative efforts allowed by her Jewish landlord, and the constant support of her Danish church and lodge.

dhi021Boats in the Night: Knud Dyby’s Recollections of Resistance and Rescue
By Martha Loeffler
Ed. John Mark Nielsen
140 pages

This stirring account tells of Danish resistance to German occupation and of the rescue of Danish Jws during WW II as old to Martha Loeffler by Knud Dyby, one of the participants. Dyby, who now lives in California, has been recognized by numerous Jewish groups for his courage and involvement.

india_90Passages From India: Letters, Essays and Poems
By Norma C. Bansen
Ed. John W. Nielsen
220 pages

The letters of the American officer serving in the China-Burma-India theater of WW II provide a perceptive insight into Indian life and culture as well as a vivid account of Danish colonial settlements in India. Bansen, a former professor of English at Dana College, includes a number of his early wartime poems.

dhi024Embracing Two Worlds. The Thorvald Muller Family of Kimballton
Eds. Barbara Lund Jones and John W. Nielsen
190 pages

The experiences of the Muller family and the Kimballton community emerge out of the recollections of a variety of individuals. Some are members of the Muller family, some are current or former residents of Kimballton, and some are scholars interested in how a community preserves and projects its identity.

dhi002_thumbTante Johanne: Letters of a Danish immigrant Family 1887-1910
Ed. john W. Nielsen
120 pages

Correspondence involving a spiritually and culturally uprooted Danish immigrant woman of the nineteenth century provides insight into how difficult it was for her to see her family become Americanized. The book is an interesting account of rural Iowa Life.