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Sunday December 7

Christmas at Elverhoj

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art invites members and friends to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Members and Friends Christmas Party on Sunday December 7, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

The museum glows during the holidays, with a 12 foot tree decorated with handmade Danish Christmas ornaments as the focal point. Live music and the Danish Christmas tradition of ‘dancing around the tree are Christmas party highlights.

The event includes an abundance of Danish specialty foods such as open-face sandwiches, homemade Christmas cookies, chocolates, and Christmas cheer.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop by with treats for the kids.

Admission to the Christmas party is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. There is no charge for children eight and under.


Elverhøj celebrated the history and cultural roots of Solvang at the Living History Festival, September 20 and 21. Over 1,000 visitors poured through the doors of the museum on Danish Days weekend to observe artisans, storytellers and craftspeople demonstrating their skills and entertaining visitors throughout the weekend event.

“There were hands-on activities for all ages and lots of variety,” said Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhøj Executive Director. “Artisans demonstrating woodworking, blacksmithing, and Viking chain mail construction joined with some of our visitors’ favorite crafters showcasing lace making, Danish papirklip (papercutting), and fiber arts.”

Living History 2014

Additionally, there were demonstrations of weaving and spinning. Skilled craftsmen instructed visitors about the centuries-old fiber arts of Viking knot making which incorporates into jewelry design.

Rick Marzullo paid a visit to the museum gallery and left tiny pieces of cut paper behind after his demonstration of the ancient and painstaking art of papirklip. Bobbin lace makers created samples of their intricate work and offered guests an opportunity to try their hand at this centuries-old art.

Blacksmith Hans Duus pounded out metal pieces at his anvil in the garden gazebo while woodworkers crafted wooden bowls and vessels from their spinning lathes.

Docents clad in colorful Danish folk costumes made woven paper hearts and stars, a time-honored Danish Christmas tradition. Storyteller Randall McGee, always a Festival favorite, performed spoken stories in the shade of the Elverhøj grounds, posing as world famous author Hans Christian Andersen.


Spirit of SolvangElverhøj has published a new book, Spirit of Solvang, drawing on photos and historical information from its archives. Like the exhibit of the same name, the 56-page book is replete with engaging black and white images of Solvang. These carefully restored images document Solvang’s story from its founding to its transition to a Danish-themed downtown. Informative text gives readers an overall view of Solvang’s development, as well as fascinating tidbits of local history.  Both the exhibit and the book celebrate Solvang’s Centennial by paying tribute to the rich cultural history and heritage of its Danish pioneers.

Elverhøj is very grateful to Paul Roark, who expertly and lovingly restored the photographs; to Joan Mitchell, who wrote and edited text; to Ann Dittmer, who tirelessly did research and checked facts; and to the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and Nancy Brandt-Erichsen for granting funds for printing and design expenses. Thanks are also due to Museum volunteers, especially the History Committee and Photo ID Committee (a.k.a. the “White Glove Gang”). Over the years they have expanded the Museum collection by organizing, identifying, and conserving numerous images.

The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store for $17.50. Special orders are welcomed. Please phone (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.


Danes are curious people. When they immigrated to America they often kept in touch with each other. When a group of Danes found a good place to farm and live they told others to come join them. Such a place is Solvang, California. . . .

Solvang DVDSo begins a newly-produced DVD now screening in Elverhøj’s Solvang Room and available in the Museum Store for $15. Entitled Solvang, Danish Colony in California, it tells the fascinating history of a little town that grew into an internationally-known tourist destination.
Personal interviews bring to life the pioneering Danish families that made Solvang flourish. These early settlers had a great capacity for work, but also for enjoyment. When times were tough they persevered and helped one another. They came to love their new home, but always treasured their Danish background. Priceless old photographs and more contemporary images supplement their rich oral history.
June Christensen, Elverhøj board member, was the executive producer and researcher on this project. People interviewed include: Elise Lindegaard Bates, Thor Brandt-Erichsen, Harlan Burchardi, Elisa Larsen Duus, Erik Gregersen, Leona Ibsen, Regina Iversen, Ivo Nedegaard Jacobsen, Marie Tarnow Jaeger, Florence (Flossie) Jensen, Eiler Johansen, Anker Johnson, Monica Fauerso Kramer, Elna Larsen, Daryl Nielsen, Donald Nielsen, Kathryn Iversen Nielsen, Roger Nielsen, Edna Paaske, Abeline Jensen Petersen, Robert Petersen, William Petersen, Else Jensen Statom, Marian Johnson Walker, Gerda Svendsen Willis, Lucille Wulff, and Viggo Richard Wulff.
An informative narration by videographer Bent Myggen sets these interviews in context. Myggen also did camera work, editing and production. Funding for the DVD project came from the Santa Barbara Foundation, The Valley Foundation, and private donors.
To order the Solvang, Danish Colony in California DVD for $15, email info@elverhoj.org or call the Museum at 805-686-1211. This will be a keepsake to treasure and an imaginative gift for family and friends.

Weddings at ElverhojWEDDINGS AT ELVERHØJ

The historic building and carefully manicured cottage gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for intimate weddings.  The garden with its abundant year-round blooms and corner gazebo creates a lovely setting for any wedding party. The bell in its stately tower can chime, marking the presentation of the newly married couple.

The garden area comfortably accommodates up to 150 guests. Call (805) 686-1211 for information about availability and the reasonable rates. 

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