Learn about Enumclaw’s roots with the Danish Sisterhood

Plus, the nonprofit is looking for more Sisters and Mr. Sisters to join their ranks.

One of Enumclaw’s longest-surviving institutions wants to give you a history tour.

The Danish Sisterhood, which watches over the century-old Danish Hall, is opening its doors to the public on April 20, 10 a.m. to noon, to share how Scandinavian emigrants helped shape Enumclaw and, hopefully, get some new members.

For those of you who aren’t local history buffs, the Danish are responsible for not just some of Enumclaw’s most important establishments — namely, Mutual of Enumclaw (which started out as the Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company on 1898) — but also a Pacific Northwest staple, the Darigold farmers co-op (which began as the Cooperative Creamery in 1899). Enumclaw’s first library was also organized by Danish immigrants, and was in fact populated only by books written in their language.

The Danish Sisterhood was organized in 1904 with the help of the already-established Danish Brotherhood and was under the leadership of Anna Jensen.

The Danish Hall was built in 1900, and first operated as a general store. Now it’s a space for not just Danish Sisterhood events, but for the community as well.

“You may be familiar with our Spring and Christmas bazaars, aebleskiver breakfasts and the Viking Feast which are fundraisers that have allowed us to keep the hall maintained or to make improvements to the hall so that it can be used by the community at large for years to come,” said past President Carol Linger. “… We’re proud that we have been able to keep this piece of history in good shape to be used by the community.”

Those who attend the Sisterhood’s history tour will also be able to make a “May Basket,” a Danish art of basket weaving, and bake your own aebleskiver (which is a Danish pancake).

Membership to the Danish Hall is not limited to those with Danish Heritage — or even women, as the nonprofit has both Sisters and Mr. Sisters organizing events and caring for the hall.

For more information about the Danish Sisterhood, head to enumclawdanishsisterhood.com/index.html.