The Danish Sisterhood of America/Dansk Søster Samfund or DSS was started in 1883 when the first Lodge was organized in
Michigan. The purpose was to support Danish immigrants in the USA and to maintain Danish traditions.
We have one Lodge here in
Colorado in the Denver area, Ellen Lodge #21 - started in 1892. With about 37 member from all over the Denver metro area, we meet once a month, sometimes two if we have special events. Some of us are first generation Danes, others are 2nd, 3rd or 4th. Some simply have an interest in Danish heritage. We usually meet in members' homes, those of us who want and are able to take turns hosting. Ordinarily we meet the third Saturday of the month at 10:30 am. Sometimes we bring a sandwich, but usually the hostess and co-hostess will fix lunch, at times it turns into a potluck. We do not talk business at all meeting and try to keep that to a minimum, however sometimes it is necessary as we are a part of a National organization. We have a good time talking and learning about Danish history, culture, traditions and of course about our families and lives. We often have short heritage presentations put together by our members. In addition, the last few years we have attended other events in the area. Not everyone is able to participate in the more active events outside of our regular meetings because they are elderly, but we do our best to make sure everyone can take part. We come from "many walks of life" but we all have a common interest in everything Danish.
Visit http://www.danishsisterhood.com/ to learn more about the National organization.