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Embracing Two Worlds: The Thorvald Muller Family of Kimballton

Lund-Jones, Barbara & Nielsen, John W. eds.

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ISBN 10: 0930697049 / ISBN 13: 9780930697044
Published by Lur Publications Blair, NE 1998, 1998
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Title: Embracing Two Worlds: The Thorvald Muller ...

Publisher: Lur Publications Blair, NE 1998

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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"A unique collaboration and continuing celebration of Danish immigrant life from the late 1880s in the heartland of America, Embracing Two Worlds: The Thorvald Muller Family of Kimballton, offers readers a lasting vision of the exhibition of the same name. Through letters, quotes, photographs and objects we share the courage and love of independence, enterprise and deep sense of community that led Thorvald Muller to risk his hard won security in America by going to Denmark to vote in the 1920 plebecite.

Like the exhibition which gave "lived textures" of the Mullers' time, the translation of exhibition materials in this richly illustrated and lively book gives voice and presence to collective and collected memories of Danish-American life.

This is a first - an exhibition notebook augmented in print - and an important contribution to the literature on museums. The collage of memories wrought by intensive research that underlies successful exhibitions has rarely if ever been foregrounded and preserved as in this book." Flora E.S. Kaplan, Professor Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University

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Through the kindness of the Mullers, a romance forbidden in Denmark blossoms into a marriage in America: T.G. Muller's home was a home away from home for many immigrants. Nicoline Mikkelsen and Peter Petersen were two of them. Nicoline came to America in September, 1914 with Gjode Gjodesen who happened to be visiting in the neighborhood where Nicoline was a maid. He offered to (take) her with him back to the U.S. and see that she was employed. Nicoline had been asked to leave her own home and never come back because she wanted to marry Peter, a fisherman's son, the lowest class in the class system that still existed at that time. Nicoline was from a land owning family, two classes up. They had decided to save their earnings and go to America where they could marry. Gjode got work for Nicoline at the Muller home.

In February, 1915 Thorvald sponsored Peter to come to America and arranged a job on a farm for him. The Mullers had their wedding by Pastor Jorgensen of the Danish Immanuel Lutheran Church in their home.

Baptisms of the Petersen's children, Edith, Verner, Asta and Helga, were in the Kimballton Lutheran church, followed by dinners at the Muller home. This was Peter and Nicoline's second home in America. T.G. Muller sponsored many Danish immigrants. This is just one story. Edith Petersen Larsen, Elk Horn, IA Contains photographs and facsimiles.

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