Dalesburg Historical
History, heritage, community, and events


Christmas Festival on Dec 8

Sunday, December 8. Christmas Festival at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion.
For information, call 605-677-5228.

Lutfisk & Meatball Dinner on Dec 7

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Annual Lutfisk & Meatball Dinner at St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Elk Point – Vermillion.  For information call 712-277-4043.

Tour of Homes on Dec 6

Friday, December 6.

Clay County Historical Society’s Tour of Homes.
For information call 605-624-8266.

Midsommar 2014 on June 20


St. Lucia 2013 at 3pm on Dec 14

Welcome to The 36th Annual Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg

Saturday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Dalesburg Lutheran Church (30595 University Road at Hub City)

Lucia Court and Scandinavian Food & Program.
Freewill Collection to Area Food Pantries.
For information or in case of inclement weather, call: 605-253-2575.

Annual Meeting Nov 11 2013

Annual Meeting & Luncheon of the Dalesburg Scandinavian Association

Free Lunch!  November 11, 2013 in Beresford, SD

Call Connie Richards at (605) 763-5128 for details on location and time, and to make reservations.

Scandinavian Travelers Afternoon

Sunday, October 27, 3pm at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.  Join us for a presentation by recent visitors to Scandinavia.

Midsommar 2013 on June 21

Midsommar 2013 is in the books!  A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped make it possible.  And for those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the food, fun, and performances.  We look forward to seeing you next year!


Dalesburg Midsummer Festival

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thank You for Midsommar 2013 !

Tack Så Mycket !

(Thanks So Much !)

Have A Good Summer !



Dalesburg Lutheran Church celebrates its 144th annual Midsommar with history, music, fun and food on Friday, June 21, 2013. Valkommen! All are invited to share a day in the beautiful countryside near Vermillion, Centerville and Beresford.

The festival dates back into the late 1860s, when settlers from Dalarna County of Sweden came to Southeastern South Dakota. Along the way, these pioneer families founded Dalesburg Lutheran Church, about 10 miles north of Vermillion, and started a Midsommar celebration tradition. Today, the festival features the efforts of three traditionally Swedish country churches in the area, Dalesburg Lutheran, Dalesburg Baptist and Komstad Covenant.



Our full schedule and details are available by downloading our 2013 poster (PDF, 2MB).


Schedule for 2013:

Friday, June 21, 2013 – Dalesburg Midsummer Festival


Programs at 2:00 and 7:00.

Smörgåsbord Supper from 4:30 to 6:30

Sunday, June 23, 2013 – Sunday Worship

Service at 9:00 a.m. on June 23 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.


Contact Information:

Be sure to join us for the 2013 Dalesburg Midsommar Festival on June 21, 2013, at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, for more info call Ron Johnson, 605-253-2575 or rjohnson <at> bmtc.net

Looking for past information?  Download our 2012 poster (PDF, 1.2MB)

2013 Clay County Annual Gathering

Don’t make lunch or supper plans for Thursday, May 23rd. The Clay County Historic preservation Commission will hold its annual gathering at the W. H. Over Museum.  We enjoy getting together with friends and guests to delve into our past material culture, and invite all with an interest in local history to join us.

The makings of a princely sandwich will be provided during the noon hour, including bread from red Wagon Bakery, and greens from the greenhouse at the Heikes family farms.  An assortment of juices will be offered, along with home baked cookies.

Jim Wilson will start with a presentation on historic brick and show samples from the recently razed Danish barn and Bob Hansen, the accomplished traditional mason from Yankton will provide his expertise.  The mid-afternoon program will be an informal and evolving discussion of the role of trees in our development of this landscape with expert explanation by noted expert. Dr. Molly Rozum.  She will focus on why and how various kinds of trees came to appear on the plains.  There will be discussion of lumber milling technology featuring local experts Gene Hawkins and John Erikson.  There should be an opportunity to look at and actually use an historic tool or two.  The audience has been carefully seeded with a range of expertise, which should result in a fascinating free-wheeling discussion.

We will be joined by representatives of the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office.

Joe Reiser has been persuaded to cook an evening meal for us – his barbecue is the real thing.  And then at 7:00 Pm Jim Stone will give us an update on his ongoing survey of historic barns of Clay County – and unveil a half-inch scale model of a barn that he has just completed.

A sense of place is especially important when so much of our culture is homogenized and disposable, and a community event focused on developing that solid foundation is a valuable opportunity.  Don’t miss this one.  A free, informative and fun community event.

For further information contact Jim Wilson at whitewilson@msn.com

Joel Karlsson Concert

NOTICE!  This event has been cancelled.. more details will be posted as they become available including any rescheduling of the event.

Joel Karlsson from Sweden at the National Music Museum in Vermillion – Friday, February 1, 2013 <cancelled>

Brown Bag Lunch Program

The Scandinavian Song Tradition

The Scandinavian Song Tradition features Swedish singer-songwriter Joel Karlsson, who originally hales from Wilhelmina in northern Sweden. Today, Karlsson teaches guitar in Akersberga and lives on an island in Stockholm archipelago. During his current U.S. tour, Karlsson “wants to contribute to the interest in Swedish culture and thus create closer links between the Swedish-American unions both in Sweden and the U.S.” He believes that “the Scandinavian song tradition is something very unique–a treasure that should be preserved and kept alive for coming generations.” 12:05 p.m. Free.