DCCThe Danish American Cultural Retreat (DACR) is an annual cultural conference and retreat by Northwest Danish Association. A rich program is presented to illustrate the significance of Denmark on the global stage. The retreat also provides an annual opportunity to learn about Denmark and its links to the U.S., today and in the past.

This tradition takes place three days each June at a beautiful facility in Corbett, Oregon. 2018 marks the 40th year of the Danish American Cultural Retreat (DACR) (previously known as the Danish Cultural Conference).

40th Annual DACR: June 22nd to June 24th 2018

Mark your calendars for this special tradition. Details will be announced soon.


Image: DACR 2017 speaker, Kristian Næsby (visiting lecturer from the UW Scandinavian Studies department)

DACR 2017

Click here to see photos from the 2017 Danish American Cultural Retreat.

2017 program features:
  • Women of Vinland (Dr. Elisabeth Ward, previous Director of the Scandinavian Cultural Center)
  • Updates on the Museum of Danish America with focus on the current exhibition on iconic Danish artist, Bjørn Wiinblad (Rasmus Thøgersen, Executive Director of the Museum of Danish America)
  • Danish folk high school tradition, Grundtvig, and the development of democracy (Kristian Næsby, Visiting Danish lecturer, University of Washington Scandinavian Studies Department)
  • Icelandic manuscripts (Dr. Elisabeth Ward, previous Director of the Scandinavian Cultural Center)
  • Heroes of the Danish Reformation (this year is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation) (Pastor Birgitte Saltorp, Danish Church of Vancouver)
  • Medieval life in Denmark (Pastor Birgitte Saltorp, Danish Church of Vancouver)
  • Danish aviation pioneer, Jacob Ellehammer (Henry Geijsbeek, Boeing)
  • Discussion of the book, The Red Umbrella, on life during WWII through the eyes of a Danish Jewish little girl (Dave Christensen, Christensen Design Management)

Evening Entertainment: Flemming O. Behrend, Local Danish Folk Singer

For more information, see the DACR 2017 Brochure.

Thank you to our 2017 DACR sponsor, the University of Washington Center for West European Studies!



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Watch for mailed postcards, website information, The Little Mermaid, and e-bulletin announcements, or call the NWDA office 206-523-3263 for more information.

To receive updates on DACR and other NWDA programs, events, and activities, sign up for our e-bulletin mailing list.

DSC_3644Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

DACR is held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon. Menucha Retreat offers a variety of amenities and lodging options. Lodging options include rooms that are private, semi-private, or dormitory style.

The beautiful grounds at Menucha have so much to offer, including panoramic views, hiking trails, fireplaces, courts for a variety of sports, and much more. You won’t want to miss this annual cultural getaway!


Information from Previous Years

DACR 2017 Brochure
DACR 2017 Program Booklet

For a detailed account of DACR 2016, read the article on page 5 in Volume 1 of Issue #2016/2017 of The Little Mermaid.

2016 DACR Photo Album
DACR 2016 Brochure
DACR 2016 Schedule

A Pacific Northwest tradition for over 30 years:
The NWDA’s Danish Cultural Conference has been held at Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon for over 30 years. Enjoy a look back at highlights from previous DCC experiences, then find out about this years program and register for this fun event!

Take a look at our gallery for photos from previous years.

DACR 2016 Program Booklet
DACR 2015 Program Booklet
DCC 2014 Program Booklet
DCC 2013 Program Booklet
DCC 2012 Program Booklet
DCC 2011 Program Booklet

If you would like to make a contribution to this event, please click DONATE NOW:

Claus Windelev’s drawing and Facebook post about DACR 2015:




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This is a view from Menucha’s swimming pool of the Columbia River Gorge. Breathtaking and very beautiful. Drawn during the DACR 2015

Posted by Claus Windelev on Monday, July 20, 2015







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