DAHS, immigrants, heritage, Danish culture


It was 20 years ago thst the Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS) came upon the scene. I used the term " came upon the scene" advisedly. Reflecting on the circumstances and discussions that led to the formation of the Society makes the term seem appropriate. It had been noted from time to time in the decases before that when Scandinavian American historians and writers assembled and the role of the Scandinavian immigrant was considered, The Danish Americans were conspicuous by their absence. In contrast,the Norwegian American Historical Association was formed in 1925, and has had a distinguished existence since then. Its scholarly publications have attracted wide attention. The Swedish American Historical Society was formed in 1940, and publishes a quarterly which has been referred to as "the most important and continuing source of information about Swedes in North America."