Dalesburg Historical
History, heritage, community, and events

Spring 2022!

It seems like a long time…  That is an expression that I find myself using quite often these days.  As we begin to think about events and activities in 2022, we are reminded of the lack of events and activities these last two years.  We have been required to change our way of doing things – some good and some not so good.  We hope for normalcy in 2022!

Midsummer is scheduled for Friday, June 24, 2022.  We will be hosting the band Jaerv from Gothenburg, Sweden.  Please visit their website at:  www.jaerv.com/

We have not celebrated Lucia in our usual fashion for two years.  In the spirit of optimism I’m scheduling Lucia for Sunday, December 11, 2022!

During these last two years we have used some of the Arneson-Hoglund funds to place signs in the area of the unmarked graves at Dalesburg Lutheran Church and at the Clay Point Cemetery.  Family history inquiries have still been received.   

We are still in the midst of celebrating the 150th Anniversary of many things in Clay County, Dakota Territory / South Dakota.  There’s still time to check your family histories and August Peterson’s “Swede Book” to see if your family filed a homestead claim in Clay County 150 years ago.  These years have seen and will see the 150th Anniversaries of many of the homestead claims in Prairie Center, Garfield, Glenwood, Pleasant Valley and Riverside Townships, Clay County.  The summer of 2018 marked the 150th Anniversary of the first Swedish homesteaders to come to Clay County, Dakota Territory.  In 2019 we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Celebration of Midsummer.  We celebrated the 151st Midsummer in Dalesburg on Friday, June 25 and Sunday, June 27, 2021.  Dalesburg Baptist Church celebrated its 150th Anniversary in July, 2021.  These years will also see the 150th Anniversary of the country schools that educated and help assimilate the immigrant children of our community.  The schools that taught our ancestors to speak English!

Dalesburg Lutheran Church was 150 years old in 2021.  The present towers and basement were 100 years old in 2020.  There will be a “Cemetery Walk” at the Dalesburg Lutheran Cemetery on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.  Welcome!

It’s time to renew / join Dalesburg Scandinavian Association!  We appreciate the support your memberships (both active and inactive) give to our organization.  To join or renew your membership in Dalesburg Scandinavian Association, please complete the enclosed form and return it with your membership dues of $3.00 / person / year.  Please check that your name and address are correct on the label.  Please make necessary changes.  It would be helpful and an act of kindness to the officers if you would respond before April 1, 2022!  Financial information furnished upon request. 

Please consider a membership in the Friends of Midsummer.  If you would like information, please contact me.  Thank You for your consideration.                                                         

Thank You for joining or renewing your membership!  Thank You to those of you who make additional financial contributions!  Thank You to those of you who give of your time, effort and talents to Dalesburg Scandinavian Association here in our community throughout the year!  Thank You to those of you from a far who support Dalesburg Scandinavian Association!  Your support is appreciated and needed.

             Tack så mycket!  Thanks so much!              

Ronald Johnson, President & Membership Officer

E-Mail:  ron@dalesburg.org       Tel:  605-253-2575

Dalesburg Heritage Website:  www.dalesburg.org  

Dalesburg in Cyperspace.  If you can’t visit us in person, visit us in Cyperspace!



Lucia 2019


Christmas Eve 2019 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church


             The Dalesburg Heritage Website has new items!

Dalesburg Heritage Websitewww.dalesburg.org

(and www.angelfire.com/sd/dalesburg99/ is still in cyperspace).

Dalesburg Midsummer Festival on Facebook:                                                             www.facebook.com/Dalesburgmidsommar 

Dalesburg Lutheran Church Websitewww.dlc-pvlc.org

Komstad Covenant Church Websitewww.komstadchurch.org

Dalesburg Baptist Church Website:  www.dalesburgbaptist.org

“Welcome to Peterson Farm:”  www.petersonfarmsd.com/

Nora Storewww.norachristmas.com

Clay County Historical Society:  www.cchssd.org/

Clay County Historic Preservation Commission:  www.cchpc.org

Clay County Country Schools Project Website:                        www.flickr.com/photos/46877599@N08  

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center:                                                                                                                               www.augustana.edu/swenson/

Swedish-American Historical Society:  www.swedishamericanhist.org

American-Swedish Institute:  www.americanswedishinst.org

National Music Museum:  www.usd.edu/smm/

South Dakota State Historical Society:  www.history.sd.gov/

Books for Sale!  HISTORY OF THE SWEDES WHO SETTLED IN CLAY COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA AND THEIR BIOGRAPHIES by August Peterson (1947) $25.00 / book plus postage, handling etc.    Available from Ron Johnson (ron@dalesburg.org)