Danish Cultural Center
The Big Dane Settlement:
August and Ane Rasmussens' Journey from Pioneer Life to Prosperity
A story of two Danish immigrants who over 160 years ago said goodbye to friends and loved ones in their home in the Saeby parish of Denmark. Hoping to secure a better life for themselves and family in America. They immigrated to Gowen, Michigan after reading a letter sent home from August's schoolmate and Gowen resident, Christian Johnson. August had three reasons to emigrate, he wanted land, he wanted to live under an elected president and he wanted to live in a place where all people were treated fairly.
There was neither land nor opportunity for August and Ane in Denmark. August was a poor farm laborer and the rewards for his labors were miserable food and poor wages. Although life in rural Michigan in the 1800's was not easy; and pioneer life was very hard work, it was at Christmas 1856 when August and Ane wrote home to Denmark telling their loved ones about the good cheap land that would be all their own! In August of the following year, 36 relatives and friends from Saeby parish arrived, young and old alike.
Come check out the exhibit at the Danish Cultural Center to find out if August and Ane succeeded in their venture to America!
Hours for the exhibit will be:
Friday, August 17th 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 18th 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 19th 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.