Kimballton & Elk Horn

John and Trish made us a lovely breakfast with pancakes and sausages. After breakfast we drove up to The Danish Villages, Kimballton and Elk Horn, Iowa. On the way there, we passed the place where John’s dad Jens/Jim had had a farm when John was a child.

In Kimballton, we took a short walk. The town was not that big 🙂 We took some pictures of the Little Mermaid and the other sculptures of some of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales.

Then we headed over to Elk Horn, which is right next to Kimballton. Elk Horn is known by us, from the Danish Television, who aired a documentary about the town a few years ago. We visited the Museum of Danish America, which has a lot of different documents and artifacts donated by immigrants from Denmark and their descendants. They had a Wall of Honor, where Rasmus and Bertha Villebro’s names were listed.

We also donated an old Danish book George had found that must have belonged to Bertha or Rasmus, and a copy of Gunnar’s book about his childhood and his grandparents migration to The United States.

We wanted to go for a quick bite for lunch afterwards, but the Danish cafe had closed and was no longer in business. So instead we went to see the old windmill that was donated to Elk Horn by the Danish town of Nørre Snede. We also stopped by the souvenirshop next door to it, where Trish bought a Danish Kringle for us, to have at breakfast.

For dinner we met up with John’s son Jens and his family in a restaurant in Caroll.

Jannie


John og Trish lavede en lækker omgang morgenmad til os, med pandekager og en slags pølse. Efter morgenmaden kørte vi til de danske landsbyer, Kimballton og Elk Horn, Iowa. På vej derhen, kom vi forbi det sted hvor Johns far, Jens havde sin farm da John var lille.

I Kimballton gik vi en kort tur. Det var ikke en særlig stor by 🙂 Vi tog nogle billeder af Den Lille Havfrue og nogle af de andre skulpturer af H.C. Andersens eventyr.

Efter det tog vi til Elk Horn, som er nabobyen. Vi besøgte Museum of Danish America, som har en masse forskellige dokumenter og artefakter doneret dertil af immigranter fra Danmark og deres efterkommere. De havde en Wall of Honour, hvor Rasmus og Bertha havde deres eget lille skilt.

Vi donerede også en gammel dansk bog som George havde fundet, og som formentlig har tilhørt Bertha eller Rasmus, samt en kopi af Gunnar’s bog om hans barndom og hans bedsteforældres emigration til USA.

Vi ville have spist en hurtig frokost der også, men den lille danske cafe var desværre gået nedenom og hjem. Så vi tog istedet over for at se deres vindmølle, doneret til Elk Horn af Nørre Snede. Vi var også en tur i souvenirshoppen ved siden af, hvor Trish købte en dansk kringle, til vores morgenmad.

Til aften mødtes vi med Johns søn Jens og hans familie på en restaurant i byen Caroll.

Jannie

 

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