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    Quote Originally Posted by OneEnglishNorman View Post
    Do you have Finnish ancestry?
    Non.
    I do have som Dutch ancestry from ca 300 years ago.
    Being from Jamtland I guess my ancestry, part from Dutch, is kind of Norwegian.
    I have workt with and know a lot of Finns thogh. + two ex girlfrends.

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    It's good that Germans in the USA celebrate it, but i dislike Americans who think the Oktoberfest is an American Invention.


    Here are some very good Re-Enactors from Germany, also often used for Documentaries:
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    "We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world; and already that godliness is it, which let us love and foster peace."
    - Otto von Bismarck, 1888

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    I found this when I was looking for German diaspora information.

    A Piece of the Rhineland in Missouri



    The New York Times profiles Hermann, Missouri, a village founded by German immigrant wine-makers in the 1830s:
    Hermann has called itself a Rhineland village, but that sells it short. Hermann is an 1850s Missouri River town playing the part of a Rhineland village, which is a lot more interesting. That allows the county courthouse to sit on a bluff and proclaim its presence to the river the way courthouses do in river towns, while squared-off red-brick houses with backyard grape arbors run up San Francisco-like hills on streets named Schiller and Mozart. ...
    Hermann also officially celebrates its German roots. On the third weekend of May, there’s Maifest, which focuses on dancing, parades and crafts. Octoberfest brings four weekends of wine tours, music and food, and in December, the town features a traditional German Christmas market....
    Unlike the Ozarks several hours south, the Hermann hills have no water parks, music theaters, casinos or magic shows — just rambling woods cut by fields, white-fenced horse farms, brick farmhouses enveloped in ancient trees and wineries. And its residents like it that way.
    Hermann is so charming and well-preserved that it's suffering the fate of all such places in the U.S.: it's gradually being bought up by lawyers and bankers from a nearby metropolis (St. Louis).

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    Danish-American heritage

    The Danish Pioneer



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    Danish Immigrant Museum

    The Danish Immigrant Museum is dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the Danish people who immigrated to America. Extensive collections of artifacts, as well as special temporary and traveling exhibits, are on display in a striking, modern, half-timbered building situated on a 30-acre site in the rolling hills of western Iowa. Velkommen!

    Danish American Center

    The Danish American Center (DAC) - a center for Danish cultural exchange and Danish hygge is located in Minneapolis. the Center is dedicated to the forwarding of anything Danish, offering a wide variety of activities and events which focus on aspects of Danish living and culture.

    Danish Sisterhood of America

    The Danish Sisterhood was organized in 1883, in Negaunee, Michigan. Early lodges were organized to provide social and financial aid to fellow Danish countrymen in this new land.


    Today's Danish Sisterhood has members active in 48 lodges throughout the United States and Canada.
    Vision

    The National Danish Sisterhood organizations will address changing times. We will build commitment by all sisters to preserve our organizations and heritage with interest, enthusiasm and concern for each other.

    Mission

    The mission of the Danish Sisterhood is to strengthen, maintain and preserve the Danish heritage and traditions for future generations.

    Long Range (10 Year) Goals

    * To attract, motivate, and retain members.
    * To provide tools to create an environment open to change and growth.
    * To regularly review and update the financial and organizational structure.
    * To enable members to discover, enjoy and understand their heritage.
    * To market the Danish Sisterhood of America and Danish cultural to the community.

    Danish American Heritage Society

    The Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS) is a historical organization. "The history of the Danish immigrant complements the history of immigrants and thereby enriches the lives of all; viewing our Danish heritage as Americans cannot but broaden our field of vision." Arnold N. Bodtker

    The word heritage is used to signify broader activities such as sponsoring conferences and cooperating with other organizations on joint projects. The Danish American Heritage Society believes that there is an intrinsic value in identifying, understanding, and preserving our ethnic heritage. We devote our energies to achieving that goal.

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    Sommerfest at Mayfair - May 22nd thru 26th



    The Lehigh Saengerbund, the German-American Society of the Lehigh Valley, presents Sommerfest in the Valley 2008. Because the Mayfair and Sommerfest festivals were closely scheduled (just 10 days apart) the executive boards of both festivals unanimously decided to bring the two festivals together during the five day period culminating on Memorial Day. Sommerfest at Mayfair will have its own unique identity in its own area, but will be included within the overall Mayfair venue for the benefit of both festivals.

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    Scandinavian Folk Festival, Jamestown, New York

    The Scandinavian Folk Festival is an event for the senses, with traditional food available at every turn and live music pumping from the performance tent on the Jamestown Community College's grounds.

    Sights include historical exhibits and a ship in Viking Village to the many wares of crafters and other vendors. Begun Friday, the event continues today from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment, exhibits, lectures and more all included in the price of admission.

    The Scandinavian Folk Festival is now in its seventh year and once again features all the staples that keep it popular as well as some new performers, events and attractions.

    ''We've been coming here quite a few years,'' said Steven Clarke, of the Leif Ericson Society of West Chester, Pa. ''It's a real nice time. It's a nice place and a nice group of people here.''

    Clarke, who was unloading and arranging items at his tent in Viking Village, said more members of the Leif Ericson Society will be arriving to the festival throughout the weekend.

    Anyone who missed the King of Scandinavian Humor, Stan Boreson, can catch the musical comedian again tonight. Boreson has tickled the funny bones of audiences of all ages for the last 60 years. His style of entertainment began by doing a Scandinavian dialect to the tunes of popular American songs. The humorous Norwegian and Swedish renditions led to a career for Boreson, who has 16 CDs, two videos and three DVDs on the market.

    With the slogan ''Behold Scandinavia,'' organizers invite the public to come and be Nordic for the weekend. A complete list of events, performances and more can be found online at www.scandinavianjamestown.org.





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    When Brooklyn Was Norway


    VICTORIA HOFMO, a native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, who has long blond hair and sky blue eyes, grew up only vaguely aware of her Scandinavian background.

    At Christmas, her family used to eat a Norwegian rice porridge called risgrot; the person who found the almond hidden inside got a special gift. Ms. Hofmo’s grandmother, who died when she was 13, spoke Norwegian. And with the city’s Scandinavian population traditionally concentrated in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Dyker Heights, many of her classmates were of Scandinavian origin.

    But her interest in her heritage was awakened in college, and in 1996, Ms. Hofmo, who is in her 40s, founded the Scandinavian East Coast Museum. The museum maintains an archive of thousands of items, like the dues collection box from a local Norwegian war veterans club and metal printing plates from a local Finnish newspaper, in the basement of the parsonage at her church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge. It also orchestrates events like the spring Viking Fest, a celebration of Scandinavian culture with choral music and a replica of a Viking ship.

    Ms. Hofmo, whose day job is serving as the director of the after-school program and summer camp at Bethlehem Lutheran, has long searched for a home for her museum. One recent candidate is a boat docked at Veterans Memorial Pier on the Bay Ridge waterfront.

    On a recent windy afternoon at the pier, as freighters crept along the bay, Ms. Hofmo talked about her late-blooming Scandinavian identity, her passion for the museum, and why a boat might be its most suitable home.

    My parents were born in Bay Ridge. My grandparents on my paternal side were both from Norway. My mother’s side is Danish, one from Copenhagen and one from Bornholm, an island in the Baltic that’s part of Denmark. They came here around 1900.

    Scandinavians, mostly Norwegians, were up and down the whole waterfront. Eighth Avenue was called Lapskaus Boulevard, after a kind of stew. They used to call the R train that ran through the area the Norwegian-American line.

    I remember being a child and watching the Norwegian Day Parade on Eighth Avenue. I was very upset about not having a costume, which is called a bunad and is a traditional outfit. The one that people generally wear is red and black, but my family is from Oslo and they wear blue. I never told my family that I wished I’d had one to wear.

    Scandinavians are like a forgotten group, but they were the backbone of the colony of New Amsterdam. They first came here along with the Dutch in the 1600s. The majority came as sailors, then often became carpenters and went into the building trades.

    It doesn’t matter if there are, like, three Norwegians left, because what they contributed still exists. The Lutheran Medical Center was started by Norwegians. They also started old-age homes, social institutions and churches.

    I didn’t really think about my background until I was in college at Sarah Lawrence and I wrote a paper about the Norwegians in Bay Ridge. I realized that information about them was very scattered, and I thought, wouldn’t it be good if there were a central place to do research?

    I tried to put an archive together, but nobody wanted to house it. Eight or nine years later, the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Manhattan said, “We have no space for an archive, but we can get you an exhibition.” I did an exhibition and people gave me things. That’s how it started.

    Now we have thousands of artifacts in the basement of the parsonage at my church. We have books in Norwegian, records from the Norwegian war, photographs from the Viking junior band, a music band for kids. We have a handwritten menu from a Norwegian restaurant on Eighth Avenue offering fish cakes and dumplings for 5 cents. Somebody gave us a book of anti-German songs from when Norway was occupied.

    We have a beautiful photograph, that looks very innocent, of a woman in her Norwegian costume with a flag, but it’s a radical, nationalistic picture because it’s the “clean flag.” They used to call the Norwegian flag combined with the Swedish one the “dirty flag” because they’d been under Swedish rule for 100 years and they wanted their independence. They gained it peacefully in 1905.

    We’ve looked at different spaces for the archive. One idea was to get a boat because the waterfront was very much part of the story. For example, the different shipping companies used to have lifeboat races right past here, I think until the ’60s, and Norwegians won a lot. As for a home for the museum, I’m open to whatever makes sense. We started looking into houseboat possibilities. Somebody recommended a barge. If the boat doesn’t work out, we’re looking at other spaces because I can’t wait.

    There’s this thing in Scandinavian culture called janteloven. It means that you’re not better than anyone else. “We don’t brag. We’re humble.”

    I think it’s part of the reason Scandinavians haven’t been documented so well. When I first started going around collecting things, people would say, “Is my stuff good enough?” I’m like, “All the stuff is a story, and of course your story is important.” I can toot their horn because I don’t have that same sense. I think it’s O.K. to be proud.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/ny...ab7&ei=5087%0A


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    Deutsch Amerikanischer National Kongress

    The German American National Congress (DANK) was founded in Chicago in 1959 to bring together Germans and Americans of German ancestry. We aim to preserve and enjoy our German heritage, language and culture. We are not a political organization, however we endeavor to represent German - American interests.

    DANK maintains close relationships with our governmental and civic bodies, including the White House, federal, state and municipal agencies, as well as the German Embassy in Washington, consulates and other German organizations with cultural, education and commercial agendas.

    In 1987 DANK was instrumental in the adoption of the Congressional resolutions declaring October 6th German American Day, which has been observed since then on a national level.
    Together with the Steuben Society of America and the United German American Committee of the U.S.A., the German American Joint Action Committee (GAJAC) was formed to promote this historic event. Leaders of the German American National Congress have been frequently invited to the White House by US presidents, as well as to functions by high ranking German government officials.

    The German American National Congress publishes a bi-monthly bilingual newspaper, the German American Journal, with news and activity reports for its members and friends. It is the voice of the organization and has a national distribution.

    Here are some of the other objectives and activities of DANK:

    • Fosters friendship between the United States and Germany
    • Promotes a positive image of Germans among Americans.
    • Establishes exchange programs and cross-cultural activities among young Germans and Americans.
    • Conducts language schools for children as well as for adults.
    • Encourages and supports German language and culture studies in public schools, colleges and universities.
    • Facilitates genealogy research of German ancestry.


    DANK chapters engage in many cultural and social activities of particular interest to its members, e.g. German American Day, Steuben Parades, German Fests, Oktoberfests, picnics, dances, Karneval and Christmas celebrations.

    DANK also interacts with other ethnic societies in joint cultural programs.

    As the nation's largest German American organization it has become a uniting force for our country's largest ethnic community and a strong voice in representing its interests.
    I have attached some pictures from German Festival Day / German American Fest 2007 on Lincoln Square, Chicago, which DANK participated in.
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    This caught my eye:
    Quote Originally Posted by Dagna View Post
    We have a beautiful photograph, that looks very innocent, of a woman in her Norwegian costume with a flag, but it’s a radical, nationalistic picture because it’s the “clean flag.” They used to call the Norwegian flag combined with the Swedish one the “dirty flag” because they’d been under Swedish rule for 100 years and they wanted their independence. They gained it peacefully in 1905.
    My God, it's horrendous! See:


    The Norwegian flag did not originate with this act of 1898, but by a resolution by the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, in 1821. This was not sanctioned by the King, and a period of flag confusion started. As a merchant flag it could only be used on shorter distances, because of the threat from the pirates of North Africa. They did not recognize the flag, and having them do so would be too expensive for the young Norwegian state. On longer distances, therefore, the Swedish flag was used. From 1844 to 1898/99, the Norwegian flag was used, but with a Union mark in the upper hoist corner, consisting of the combined Norwegian and Swedish colours (the 'herring salad'). This was subject to great controversy and intense conflicts between Norwegian nationalists and unionists (and the Swedes). This was ended, for the merchant flag (that was what mattered most), by the Act quoted above. However, the state flag (flag for Government institutions/buildings and for the Navy and military installations) continued to bear the union mark until the dissolution of the union on 7th of June 1905. The "pure" Norwegian state and naval flag was hoisted two days later.
    http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/no_fact.html

    Some horrendous alternative proposals here:
    http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/no-flprp.html

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    Here I found about the Transylvanian Saxons in America.

    Saxon Lodge - Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons

    Our ancestors embraced America as their new home, and they never forgot where they came from. They left their ancesteral homeland in order to find a better life and end centuries of persecution.

    http://www.saxonlodge.org/

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