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Danish Windmill Awarded Grant


Danish WIndmill Awarded Grant Lisa receiving award
The Danish Windmill was awarded an $1800.00 Grant by the Shelby County Endowment Fund November 13th at the Shelby County Courthouse in Harlan. Shelby County Chairman Lonnie Muxfeldt, and Elk Horn’s Tom Cannon, Secretary Treasurer, along with Dennis Nissen, Iowa Program Officer, distributed the checks. A total of $52,846 was presented to 15 communities and non- profit organizations in Shelby County. The Danish Windmill’s project was called Herman Christensen’s Portfolio project. The Danish Windmill has a remarkable collection of Millwright studies and drawings dating from the early 1920 that were given by the family of Danish Immigrant Herman Christensen. Herman was a New York Contractor and fifth generation trained Danish Millwright. Back in 1975 Herman read about the historical Windmill being transplanted to Elk Horn from Nørre Snede Denmark and he volunteered two weeks to come to Elk Horn and help work with the Elk Horn Volunteers in reconstructing the historical 1848 authentic windmill. Curatorial consultant Barbara Lund –Jones is advising on proper care and storage of this extensive collection, as well as updating a small exhibit on the millwright Herman Christensen. She is also working on interpretive labels for some of the windmill’s holdings of paintings, drawings and photographs. The collection of papers will be digitalized by Billy Marples of New Genesis Art Studio in Kimballton to be used for future projects. A Danish Millers organization in Denmark is very interested in this material.

More information about the Shelby County Endowment fund is available by calling Dennis Nissen at


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The Danish Windmill

P.O. Box 245, 4038 Main
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
(712) 764-7472