Scandinavian Cooking Classes
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April 1st Open House 

April 1st (no foolin’) was a night that the community gathered at the museum to experience the tastes, smells, sights and sounds of our Scandinavian Heritage. About 100 from near and far attended the museum’s open house. 

Guests sampled foods such as rullepolse,, frikadeller, medisterpolse, Danish ham and pork, lefse, Danish puff pastry and desserts, sweet soup, and more. The Youth Group from Our Saviors Lutheran/Spring Valley Churches, along with board members and volunteers from the museum helped serve the food and drinks.  The crow was also entertained by the Danish Dancers from Our Saviors and Gloria Peterson playing the late 1700s restored pipe organ.  Many of the guests who came at the beginning of the open house stayed until the very end.  There were many comments of how much they enjoyed the evening.  

The museum board thanks all who helped make this event a success and we appreciate all those who came to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The Open House was made possible by a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation.

Museum Gift Shop

Visit our museum gift shop during open hours for a wide selection of Danish and Viborg collectibles. 

     * Inspirational books by Joy Ibsen

     * Greeting cards 

     * Refrigerator magnets

     * Danish jewelry

     * Danish flags

     * Danish Blue Christmas plates

     * Danish Blue Mother's Day plates

     * Danish Children's Day plates

     * Viborg Centennial plates

     * Viborg T-shirts

     * Museum T-shirts

     * Viborg postcards 


** We now also have:**

  • "Friends of Viborg" medallions (2006-2019)

  • Viborg 125th anniversary Danish-American cookbook

  • Viborg 125th anniversary glass steins (2 styles)

  • Viborg 125th anniversary glass apothecary jars

  • "I Love Viborg" coffee mugs

  • Viborg plastic tumblers (red or white)

  • Viborg drink cozies


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About the Museum Library 


The Museum Library has many submitted family histories and family photo albums for research, but not online. Other resources available include complete sets of Viborg Enterprise newspapers from 1958 - current editions, centennial books (Centerville, Chancellor, Davis, Hurley, Marion (including Monroe and Dolton), Irene, Parker, Viborg, and Wakonda), Turner County atlases beginning in 1897, Clay, Lincoln, Turner, Union, and Yankton county farm and home directories, most Viborg High School yearbooks from 1916 - present, Turner County Pioneer History by W. H. Stoddard (published in 1931) and other county resource books.

About the Online Archives


The office archives and the online archives consist of family history files of hundreds of people who have lived in and around the Viborg area over the past nearly 150 years. We recently acquired digital files of Viborg High School yearbooks from 1950 - 1989, and Hurley High School yearbooks from 1951 - 1989, as well as the 2001 VHS Alumni Album. 

The Daneville Heritage Museum now has a Facebook page! Come check it out at

Please go check out the new virtual exhibit "Spreading the Word: The Dana College Theatre Troup Tour of 1942" by the Danish American Archive and Library! Viborg is the main focus of the "South Dakota" section of the online exhibit, as the theatre troup did a performance of their play "The Word" by Kaj Munk at Viborg's DBS Hall. Many thanks to Catrine Giery for displaying a photograph of the DBS Hall in the exhibit! Click on the link below to check it out!