Dana College, Trinity Seminary, Danish immigrants, homeland, cultural heritage


Blair, Nebraska, located some twenty miles north of Omaha, is the home of Dana College and Trinity Seminary. Together, these companion institutions formed one of the focal points of Danish immigrant efforts to establish themselves in their new homeland and to preserve elements of their cultural heritage. In the opening pages of his A Place Called Dana, Peter L. Petersen declares his desire to accomplish four interrelated goals: to write a history of the two associated institutions of Dana College and Trinity Seminary; to illuminate some of the accomplishments of Danish-Americans; to highlight the significant contribution to higher education of small, church related liberal arts colleges; and to integrate these diverse experiences into the larger framework of general American history. An assessment of Petersen's work, however, reveals that while he has succeeded with the first two of his goals, the latter two largely have eluded his grasp.