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. Ellen Lodge #21 is currently the only lodge in Colorado and was founded in 1892. We have about 37 members from all over the Denver metro area and even some who live out of state. We meet once a month - sometimes more if there are 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 are able to take turns hosting. Sometimes we bring a sandwich, or have a pot-luck, but usually the hostess and co-hostess will fix lunch. We do not talk business at all meetings, however sometimes it is necessary as we are a part of a National organization. For the most part, we have a good time discussing 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 also attended relevant events in the area - musical and theater performances, museum and gallery outings and even a weekend in the mountains. 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.