ELVERHØJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY & ART

Explore the past through Elverhøj's new "This Day in History" Series

As we find new ways to interact, learn and work, Elverhøj is excited to launch this email series to share Solvang's unique history with our members and community during the museum's current closure. We hope you find these glimpses into the past interesting, inspiring and hopeful for Solvang's future.

Thursday April 7, 1939

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Ingrid of Denmark and Iceland paid a one-day visit to Solvang on Good Friday, April 7, 1939. Danish flags lined Solvang’s streets and the whole town turned out to welcome the royal couple (later King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid, 1947-1972). The Crown Prince and Princess attended a Good Friday service at Bethania Church, visited Atterdag College, and were honored at a reception at the Veterans Memorial Building. Their visit celebrated Solvang’s Danish roots and contemporary cultural ties to Denmark.

Just five months after Denmark's royalty visited Solvang, the world changed forever when Germany invaded Poland and started World War II. On April 9th, 1940 Germany attacked Denmark and life in the peaceful country went from cheerful and friendly to oppressed and threatened. Germany first used the country as an example to show the rest of Europe what life would be like under Nazi rule. The Danes were able to go about their daily lives in a false state of freedom.

Everything changed in autumn of 1943 when orders were sent to the German occupation to gather up Denmark’s Jews. The country mobilized overnight and successfully rescued 90% of its Jewish population over a 3-week period. This heroic rescue and inspiring act of unity is a main focus in our current exhibition Legacy of Decency: Rembrandt, Jews & Danes.

Stay safe,
The Elverhøj Team

ELVERHØJ MUSEUM of History and Art

1624 Elverhoy Way
Solvang, CA 93463
805-686-1211
www.elverhoj.org

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