Danebod Smidt Drawing

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Danebod Lutheran Church and Folk School
Start Date
September 2010
End Date
March 2011
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Danebod Lutheran Church and Folk School commissioned the repair and restoration of a drawing by Jes Smidt. The 1918 drawing is a copy of a much earlier work by Lorens Frolich (840-935AD). The subject of the work is Queen Thyra Danebod, an important figure in Danish culture, for which the church and school are named.

The drawing was housed in an ornate oak wood frame. Both drawing and frame had suffered deterioration over time. The treatment was to clean, restore and modify the frame and mounting technique to safely house and display the drawing. Sooty, black dirt was removed from the drawing with a drycleaning method. Small holes were repaired and tacking margins were reinforced.

The conserved, aesthetically improved work was reinstalled in the Danebod Lecture Center.

Project Details
To professionally conserve a significant artwork by Jes Smidt documenting the connection of Danish immigrants in Minnesota to their home country
Legal Citation / Subdivision
LAWS of MINNESOTA for 2009 Ch. 172, Art. 1, Subd. 4 (b), Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants
Appropriation Language

(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Project Manager
First Name
Ricke Ann
Last Name
Street Address
140 Danebod Court
Zip Code
Administered By
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155