From the Archive: Danish Royal Visit of 1939

royalty visits DaneboSeventy-five years ago, readers of The Minneapolis Journal, April 22nd evening edition, saw large bold headlines: “THOUSANDS CHEER IN WELCOME TO DANISH ROYALTY STREETS DECKED WITH FLAGS FOR PRINCE AND PRINCESS WILL MEET PUBLIC AT AUDITORIUM RECEPTION TONIGHT”

Readers of DANEBO, the April issue, had already learned of the forthcoming royal visit. On the front page of Vol. 4, No 13, Meta L. Lillienskiold announced: “It is with pleasure that I today bring to Danebo’s many friends some very important news. Perhaps you already knew that Danish royalty will be the honored guests of the Twin Cities in April, but you don’t know that the executive committee for our Crown Prince and Crown Princess entertainment here, on which committee Danebo’s president is also the chairman, are planning and hoping to have their Highnesses stop at Danebo on a sightseeing tour in the early afternoon of April 22nd.”

The royal visitors, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid, arrived by train on the evening of April 21 and attended a symphony concert, featuring soprano Kirsten Flagstad, and conducted by Dmitri Mitropoulos. The next day they toured the Twin Cities, meeting local dignitaries, before attending a formal banquet and reception in their honor at the Minneapolis Auditorium.

The Danish Male Chorus, directed by Peter Kirkegaard, performed, as did the Combined Scandinavian Chorus and United Scandinavian Folkdancers. Governor Harold E. Stassen introduced His Royal Highness. The Journal had characterized the royal visitors as “goodwill ambassadors” and printed a headline “PRINCE SILENT ON POLITICS AND PEACE.” In 1939, Europe was teetering on the brink of World War II.

Other headlines in the paper read: “THE NAZI SHADOW OVER GREECE,” “BRITISH ANTI AIRCRAFT GUNS IN ACTION,”  and “DICTATOR SHAKING WORLD.”  When asked if he could make some remarks on world peace, the Crown Prince smiled and declined graciously.

However, Crown Princess Ingrid gave an extensive interview, saying that she loved to travel, play tennis, ride and swim but that she also enjoyed needlework, cooking and flowers. And she shared that, if she were not a Crown Princess, she would be a social worker. Another headline read “STYLISH INGRID THRILLS GIRLS”

On April 22, 1939, Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid participated in a sesquicentennial tree planting in front of Danebo to celebrate American government 1789 – 1939.

Crown Prince Visiting Danish Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid at the Danebo April 22, 1939 Danish Crown Prince Frederik Planting Sesquicentennial Tree in front of Danebo April 22, 1939 Salute at the tree planting



Glædelig Jul!

Wishing all of our wonderful members, friends and family a Glædelig Jul!   

On this most special of nights for Danes, Christmas Eve, we hope all of you have a most wonderful holiday.
And to get us all in the spirit, here’s a great story that ran on MPR with our friends Erik Bruun, Dorte Sondergaard, Birgitte Christianson and Gitte Mohr giving a little lesson in hygge.
 Click here for the MPR story:

Mazarin Kage Opskrift (Almond Cake Recipe)

Danish American Fellowship Cookbook

Danish American Fellowship Cookbook (1996)

Are you looking for a showstopping dessert for the holiday season that’s deceptively easy? Or were you missing the recipe for the cake Grethe Petersen served Mo Rocca at the top of the episode of “My Grandmother’s Ravioli” (and at the encore of the meal she shared with our Onsdag Frokost group last month)? It’s not one of the recipes the Cooking Channel shared. But, as it turns out, Grethe is no stranger to being generous with her recipes. She first shared this one in a cookbook put out by the Danish American Fellowship in 1996. The original tester’s notes for this recipe call it ‘good and easy.’ We couldn’t agree more.

Going forward, we will be mining this little gem of a cookbook quite a bit for recipes. Is there one you’d especially like us to include here? Let us know in the comments.

Mazarin Kage (Almond Cake)

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A slice of Mazarin Kage (photo credit: Susan Skovbo Loschenkohl)

  • 1 cup almond paste (8 oz)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F
  2. Butter & flour a 9″ pie plate well
  3. Grate almond paste, then mix with sugar at slow speed, then add butter/margarine, and mix until incorporated.
  4. Add eggs one at the time, mixing well in between, then add the flour and mix well
  5. Bake for 45 minutes (top should be golden brown)
  6. Optional: Frost with melted chocolate and decorate with slivered almonds

source: Danish American Fellowship Cookbook, 1996 [Contributor: Grethe Petersen]

2014 Holiday Events at the Danish American Center

Looking to infuse your holiday season with a little Danish hygge? Want to sample one of our events to see if membership is for you? We have a couple upcoming Christmas events that are open to all.

JULESANGAFTEN (CHRISTMAS SONG EVENING)  (Sunday, December 7: 7pm) – Join us for our annual Christmas Song Evening in the Atrium. We will sing all the old familiar carols accompanied by Rita Juhl on the piano. It is always a joyous evening where, by singing, you get into the mood of the season. Refreshments will be served.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY  (Sunday, December 14: 3-6pm) – An annual favorite for the kids! Come and enjoy story time, making decorations, baking cookies, and dancing around the tree. A light supper will be offered. Please bring a gift addressed to your child for Santa’s bag.  (Cost is $7/adult and $4/child. No reservations needed)

Looking for inspiration to attend? Check out these photos from last year’s Children’s Christmas Party:

Fun times at the 2013 Children's Christmas Party at the Danish American Center in Minneapolis

Fun times at the 2013 Children’s Christmas Party at the Danish American Center in Minneapolis (photo credit: Tina Paulsen)