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2013, October 10-12, Embassy Suites, Des Moines, Iowa

Based on the success of the Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS) conference in 2009, in 2013 we will return to the topic of "Innovation - The Danish Way" when we gather on the banks of the Des Moines River in central Des Moines on October 10-12, 2013.

Ever since Tycho Brahe took his first look up at the stars, the small country of Denmark has nurtured a remarkable tradition of innovation. Danes and Danish Americans today continue that tradition, sharing new ideas that open up our sense of what is possible. They create brilliant new art, architecture, music and literature. They advocate for the environment, modeling green economies and working to establish a more sustainable future. They are social innovators, community activists, entrepreneurs, and pioneering scientists. Their discoveries and inventions inspire and challenge the world.

This conference will give participants a chance to explore many aspects of innovation, including the history of innovation, the links between innovation and sustainability, and the place of innovation in the arts. It will help us to consider how creative new ideas can draw upon tradition even while they challenge the status quo.

The list of speakers at the 2013 conference will represent many fields. Invited speakers will include well-established authors, environmentalists, economists, and others who can help us better understand and appreciate the legacy of "Innovation -The Danish Way."

You can find more information and updates at
Below are links to The Danish American Heritage Society's three sister organizations which also have, as their primary function, the preservation of the history and culture of the Danish-American experience.

The Danish Immigrant Museum
Danish Immigrant Archive - Grand View University
Danish American Archive & Library