MN90: At home on the Iron Range – Restoring a Jewish legacy in Virginia, MN

MN90: At home on the Iron Range – Restoring a Jewish legacy in Virginia, MN

1909 Photograph showing the B'nai Abraham Synagogue under construction

Construction of B'nai Abraham synagogue in Virginia

Construction of B'nai Abraham synagogue in Virginia, 1909.

B'nai Abraham Synagogue, Virginia

Dedicated in 1909, the red brick synagogue of Virginia's B'nai Abraham congregation was called the most beautiful religious building on the Iron Range. In the early twentieth century, the synagogue was the heart of Virginia's Jewish community. A declining congregation forced the synagogue to close its doors in the mid-1990s. However, community support and renovations have made B'nai Abraham a center of Virginia's cultural life once again.

Postcard photo of Danebod Folk School and stone hall

Danebod College, Tyler

Folk School building and Stone Hall building, Danebod campus, c.1910.

Photograph collage of early pictures of Danebod. Includes church, folk school, stone hall, gym and first pastor H.J. Pedersen.

Danebod, Tyler

Group of photos of Danebod buildings and first pastor H. J. Pedersen, c.1890.

Photograph of first folk school building at Danebod

Dormitory, Danebod College, Tyler

First Folk School building, c.1900.

Photograph of first Danebod Folk School

Danebod, Tyler

First Folk School building, c.1900.

Photograph of Danebod complex, c.1890

Danebod, Tyler

Danebod, c.1890

Photograph of Danebod Lutheran Church

Danebod Lutheran Church, Tyler.

Danebod Lutheran Church, c.1950.

Danebod

Part of a Danish settlement near Tyler, the Danebod church and folk school have been a center of Danish-American life for over a century. Danebod is a Danish word meaning "one who mends or saves the Danes." The Danebod community is home to programs that preserve, teach, and celebrate Danish-American culture on the Minnesota prairie.

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