Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border

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On view at the German American Heritage Center from September 27, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

For centuries, the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein (in Danish, Slesvig and Holsten) have been both a bridge and a borderland between Scandinavia and continental Europe. Located on the southern end of the Jutland peninsula, the region has been home to Danish, German, and Frisian peoples. By the early 19th century, nationalistic tensions in Schleswig-Holstein reflected power struggles between larger European nations. Events in this small corner of the world have re-shaped the boundaries between nations and inspired waves of both Danish- and German-speaking immigrants to the United States.

"Schleswig-Holstein: Turmoil on the Danish-German Border" is supported by a grant from Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this exhibit do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support for the traveling version of this exhibit is provided by the Albert V. Ravenholt Fund and the Danish Sisterhood Lodge #15 (Wisconsin).