board of directors meet in tempe February 8-10, 2018
Tempe, Arizona was the site for our February board of directors meeting. The museum has many members who have either retired or “winter” there, and yes, there is also Danish history in Tempe! The Petersen House Museum, affiliated with the Tempe History Museum, was built by a Danish immigrant in 1892. Niels Petersen came to the Salt Valley in 1872 and became one of Tempe’s wealthiest and most revered citizens. He built the Queen Anne Victorian style home for his second wife, Susanna; both are buried on the property. The Museum of Danish America has had an ongoing partnership with the Tempe History Museum since 2006, when we were asked for assistance in planning a Danish Christmas at the home.
Social events included dinner for board members, spouses, and staff, hosted by Board Secretary Carolyn Larson and husband, Jerry, at their home on Thursday evening. Earlier in the day the executive committee met there – a much more comfortable place
for a meeting than a hotel board room! We also enjoyed a tour of the Tempe History and Petersen House Museums, mountain hiking for spouses, and a luncheon on Saturday with over 40 members of the Phoenix/Tempe DanishAmerican community joining us.
Board Members Tim Burchill, Jamestown, ND, President Beth Bro-Roof, Cedar Rapids, IA, Vice President Carolyn Larson, St. Paul, MN, Secretary Karen Suchomel, West Branch, IA, Treasurer Bente Ellis, San Jose, CA Anders Sand, Kansas City, MO Carl Steffensen, Houston, TX Carol Svendsen, Denver, CO Cindy Larsen Adams, Littleton, CO Craig Molgaard, Little Rock, AR Dagmar Muthamia, Long Beach, CA David Esbeck, San Diego, CA David Hendee, Omaha, NE Dorothy Stadsvold Feisel, Chestertown, MD Eric Olsen, Racine, WI
Garey Knudsen, Hutchinson, MN Glenn Henriksen, Armstrong, IA Honorary Consul Anna Thomsen Holliday, Houston, TX Honorary Consul Karen Nielsen, Overland Park, KS Linda Steffensen, Hoffman Estates, IL Marnie Jensen, Nebraska City, NE Merlyn Knudsen, Elk Horn, IA Ole Sønnichsen, Bjert, Denmark Peder Hansen, Omaha, NE Randy Ruggaard, Hudson, OH Ex-Officio Dennis Larson, Decorah, IA Kai Nyby, LaPorte, IN Mark Frederiksen, Peyton, CO Nils Jensen, Portland, OR
By Terri Johnson
This publication is a benefit of membership in the Museum of Danish America.