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MUSEUM EXCURSIONS

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art invites you to enjoy the beauty and convergence of art, culture and nature with a series of fun and educational excursions. Conducted in partnership with the Wildling Museum and Solvang and Buellton Parks and Recreation, each outing includes transportation, entrance fees and support from museum curators who provide insider appreciation for the various experiences and exhibits. Space is limited and excursions sell out early so please act quickly.

The BroadPrivate Tour of The Broad
Tuesday, February 26, 8 am-7:30 pm
$49, depart from the Buellton Rec Center

The Broad holds one of the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art in the world and offers innovative rotating contemporary exhibitions in their beautiful new home in downtown Los Angeles. The visit starts with a one-hour guided tour highlighting key pieces from the collection along with the building’s innovative design. After the tour, enjoy lunch at adjacent restaurant Otium or area eatery, followed by several hours to explore the museum on your own. There will be time for a walk across the street to view the architecturally stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall or the LA Museum of Contemporary Art. Hosted by Elverhøj Museum & Buellton Rec Center.

Carrizo Plain National Monument
Thursday, March 14, 2019 8am-7pm
$68, depart from Buellton Rec Center

Visit the unique and beautiful Carrizo Plain, touring Soda Lake and learning about the plants, animals, and geology of the San Joaquin Valley. Local artist John Iwerks will join the group to share his experiences living in Carrizo while painting a wildlife mural of this special natural area. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase food on the way to dine al fresco. Hosted by Wilding Museum & Buellton Rec Center.

Getty CenterArt & Architecture at The Getty Center
Wednesday, April 10, 8am-7:30pm
$40, depart from Solvang Vets Hall

Visit the incredible Getty Center where art and architecture converge high atop the Los Angeles skyline! The visit will include a 45-minute guided Architectural Tour and plenty of time to do lunch and explore on your own. On the drive down enjoy a brief history of The Getty from an Elverhøj Museum of History and Art representative. Hosted by Elverhøj Museum & Solvang Rec Department.

Island Wildlife Cruise
Friday, May 10, 7:15am-4pm
$65, depart from Solvang Vets Hall

This 3-3.5 hour Island Wildlife cruise will take you through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park known to have more marine mammals than any other area on the planet. After, explore the Ventura Harbor Village for a late lunch and stroll the diverse collection of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Hosted by Wilding Museum & Solvang Rec Department.

RESERVE trips by calling host Rec Department or through their websites:
Buellton Rec Center, 805-688-1086, www.buelltonrec.com
Solvang Rec Department, 805-688-7529, www.cityofsolvang.com/188/Adult-Programs
Reservations cannot be made through the museums.

FOR QUESTIONS regarding trip themes and content contact the museums:
Wildling Museum, 805-688-1082, www.wildlingmuseum.org
Elverhøj Museum of History & Art,  805-686-1211

 

ELVERHOJ CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY:
Grand Party and Visit from Danish Ambassador

Elverhøj celebrated its 30th anniversary and played host to various invited guests and local dignitaries during a private reception and dinner on November 28th. Ambassador Henrik Bramsen Hahn traveled from the Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C., to join in the festivities.

The lively invitation-only reception, held at the Museum’s historic home, featured tray-passed appetizers served by student members of the newly-formed American Danish Club from the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. Reception guests included a good portion of the Solvang City Council, both incoming and present; Solvang’s Mayor Jim Richardson and Mayor-elect Ryan Toussaint; representatives from the offices of Supervisor Joan Hartmann and Congressman Salud Carbajal; founding and current Elverhøj Board Members; and Museum supporters. 

The pre-dinner reception also included a short program with remarks by Ambassador Hahn, whose sole reason for visiting Solvang was the Museum’s anniversary celebrations. “As a Dane, I am proud to go to this small, beautiful city in California where people still preserve the memory of Danish legacy and culture, “ remarked Ambassador Hahn. “Places like Solvang, and Elverhøj, have been instrumental in educating the American public about Denmark and our shared history.” He also spoke about Danish industry, including green-tech, and immigration.

Ambassador Hahn with Bent Olsen
Ambassador Hahn (right) with Bent Olsen.

“It is an honor to have Ambassador Hahn join us to celebrate the museum’s 30th anniversary,” stated Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. “Elverhøj has at its core a commitment to support art and culture, and preserve Solvang’s special history. And Elverhøj has truly become the link between the past and the future, maintaining the city’s historic roots and cultural authenticity.”  

A private dinner in Solvang followed the reception. The Ambassador’s visit to Solvang included a tour of the Village, a stop for some of the town’s famous Danish food, and talks with local officials.

Links to media coverage:

Recent editorial in the Santa Ynez Valley News about Atterdag College, Solvang’s history and Elverhøj as a keeper of Solvang’s Danish heritage:

 

ELVERHØJ VOTED BEST ART GALLERY

Elverhøj was voted “Best Art Gallery” by readers of the Santa Ynez Valley News!

Best of the Valley 2018

 

ELVERHØJ IN THE NEWS

The article Looking back, moving forward: While reminiscing about its 30-year history, the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang plants a foot firmly in the future was posted on August 23rd, 2018, in the Santa Maria Sun, Volume 19, Issue 25.

The publication My Livable City Vol. 4 Issue. 1, Apr-Jun 2017, included an article about Solvang in its Urban Blueprint section (“A series of case studies that capture the transformational qualities of well-designed cities”). Author Willem Swart gives an insightful and comprehensive analysis of Solvang’s development through the lens of architecture and what he calls 'allopatric urbanization.' For a PDF copy of the complete article, click the image below.

 

ELVERHØJ MUSEUM NAMES NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Elverhøj Museum of Art and History in Solvang is pleased to announce Jody Williams has been hired to fill the newly created position of Assistant Director.

Jody Williams

Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates stated: “Jody has demonstrated passion, enthusiasm, and an ability to apply her substantial skills to help Elverhøj not only continue its pursuit of sharing Solvang history, Danish culture, and the arts, but to help the organization rise to a new level. This is a busy time of year and we are thrilled to welcome her to our team. We can already tell she is going to be a significant asset as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and work toward expanding our programs and community outreach.”

Jody grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley where she attended Solvang School and Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. She earned her BA in the History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz, graduating with double honors and Phi Beta Kappa. During her undergraduate studies, Jody spent a year abroad attending the University of Bologna where she studied art history and Italian politics. Upon graduation, she moved back to the valley and interned at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Williams has spent the last 13 years in the wine industry, including a decade at The Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang, which she co-owns with her husband and in-laws.

“After graduation my plan was to start working in a museum and one day become a curator of art,” said Williams. “But I also wanted to move home to the Santa Ynez Valley rather than a big city. I am thrilled to now be able to do both, and am having a great time learning more about the area’s Danish heritage while also getting to work with contemporary artists.”

Williams resides in Solvang with her husband, Charles, five-year-old daughter Audrey and their black Labrador, Lucy. When not working, you can find her on a run with her dog, at a park with her daughter or enjoying the area’s many fabulous wineries and restaurants with her husband and friends.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We invite you to become part of the volunteer family who are the heart, soul and voice of Elverhøj. Come share our warm and lively cultural center and become part of this small museum with a big reach.

Share your skills while getting an insider's view of the Museum and its magic.

Not much free time? Try volunteering two to four hours, once or twice a month. Retired? Elverhøj is a perfect place to share your skills and life's wisdom. Looking for a way to share your interest in art or doing crafts? Talk to us and let’s find a way to share it with our visitors. Are you—or do you know—a student who needs public service credit? Think Elverhøj!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Docent: Our frontline volunteers who bring Elverhøj alive for visitors.
  • Photographer: help document events, activities and our collections.
  • Jack (or Jill) of All Trades: Help with building and grounds maintenance and improvements.
  • Collections Management: Help us preserve the past for future generations.
  • Education & Outreach: Teach and reach our youngest visitors and local schools.
  • Research: Assist with ongoing projects and exhibits.
  • Special Events: Help with openings, activities, and events.

Featuring:

  • Part time flexible hours.
  • Use your talents and meet new friends!
  • Your chance to explore, inspire, discover, contribute, and have fun.
  • No experience required.

Contact us at (805) 686-1211 or info@elverhoj.org

 

DVD CHRONICLES SOLVANG HISTORY

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 DVD 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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