Danish Lutheran church, immigrants, cultural heritage
Peter D. Thomsen (1922 - 2015) was one of eighty-two students at Grand View College (GVC) in 1940. The students came from Danish immigrant communities all over the United States, including Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; Los Angeles, California; Kimballton, Iowa; Tyler, and Askov, Minnesota; Racine, Wisconsin; and in my father’s case, Marinette, Michigan and Menominee, Wisconsin. He was a ﬁrst generation American; his parents had immigrated to the United States from Langeland, Denmark shortly before he was born. His experiences in Danish Lutheran church communities around the country reﬂect many of the changes that came about as Danish Americans integrated into their local communities and tried to balance the competing demands of ﬁdelity to their cultural heritage and ﬁdelity to the Christian message of outreach and inclusion.
"A Little About My Father, Peter D. Thomsen,"
The Bridge: Vol. 40:
2, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/thebridge/vol40/iss2/11