ELK HORN — Looking for something interesting to see without driving too far from home? It’s time to explore your inner Danish roots.
Start out at the windmill in Elk Horn. The historic Danish Windmill in Elk Horn was originally built in 1848, and later was brought to Elk Horn and rebuilt, piece by piece by over 300 community volunteers. It recently received a make over including a new cap and sails and the 60’ foot tall mill is turning again.
Tours are available, and you can learn more about the windmill’s purpose, or just shop for a Danish themed gift — from jewelry to cookware, even Danish food items — at the gift shop.
Looking for more Danish culture? The Museum of Danish America is open Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a variety of exhibits, a gift shop and the Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park. Learn more about the Danish immigrants who traveled to Iowa to settle.
One of the current exhibits will be closing Sept. 13, so check it out soon: “Kings, Queens and Commoners,” includes portraits of Danes and Danish Americans over three centuries. The exhibit, located on the museum’s main level, is sponsored by the Danish Sisterhood of Milwaukee.
And don’t miss a trip to the Little Mermaid of Kimballton.
Located just to the north, the Little Mermaid, right out of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, sits in her fountain, surrounded by statues of other famous story characters. A plaque located near the statues gives a telephone number you can call to hear more about each story.