Nebraska Authors

Jean Matteson

AKA: Jean Marie Matteson

Born 1926-12-10

Died 2021-10-16

Lincoln, NE

Jean and her daughter Edith Matteson have collaborated on a history of Danish Lutherans in Nebraska. Their book, Blossoms of the Prairie, was written with the help of a grant from the Nebraska Committee for the Humanities, and is in part derived from Edith's academic research (1985 MA thesis) at the University of Nebraska. One reviewer, David Hendee for the Omaha World Herald notes the book has an historical integrity and quality of documentation not generally associated with privately published volumes for limited local markets.

Part one of the study, beginning with the first Danish clergy to come to the United States, helps readers understand the roots of the division between "holy Danes" and "happy Danes," or Inner Mission and Grundtvigian Danish Lutherans in America. Part two of the study looks at churches and cemeteries across Nebraska. The book includes many photographs and documents.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


History--Nebraska Danish Lutheran Church


Blossoms of the Prairie: The History of the Danish Lutheran Churches in Nebraska. 1988. (with Edith Matteson)

Article published in following books:
On Distant Shores. 1993. (Larsen, Bender and Vein, editors)
Nebraska Our Towns: East Southeast. 1992.

Articles published in the following journals:
The American Dane. Danish Brotherhood in America
The Bridge. Danish American Heritage Society
Kirke og Folk.

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