The Jacob A. Riis Social Program
The Museum of Southwest Jutland is strengthening its social role under the heading: The Jacob A. Riis Social Program. The museum hosts a Christmas market where local crafts producers are selling their products. They give 10% of their surplus and the museum double up and the sum is donated to an association that supports children and bring them to social and cultural activities.
Together with the municipality, a local school and local housing companies in challenged areas we have tried to raise funding for projects that will involve children and their families in cultural activities and help them document and communicate their own stories.
The Jacob A. Riis Research Program
Museum of Southwest Jutland has been invited to be member of the cross-disciplinary Danish Welfare Studies Center at University of Southern Denmark as Jacob A. Riis is regarded as an early proponent of welfare state regulations combined with strong individual philanthropy.
It is the intention to find funding for a Danish-American exchange program to have master students from an American university to participate in the English-taught classes on welfare studies at University of Southern Denmark and vice-versa have students from Denmark to go to USA to learn about the American system. It could also be about exchange of professors/lecturers.
The museum has produced four articles about Jacob A. Riis:
Just, Flemming: Tre generationer dannebrogmænd [Three generations of Knights of Dannebrog, about how Jacob, his father and his son all received the Order of Dannebrog], Levende Viden, 2019, p. 6-27 [peer reviewed].
Just, Flemming: Jacob A. Riis. The ideal American citizen, The Bridge (Journal of the Danish-American Heritage Society), Fall 2020 (forthcoming) [peer reviewed].
Just, Flemming: Jacob A. Riis. Danmarks mest betydningsfulde udvandrer [Jacob A. Riis. Denmark’s most influential emigrant], Rubicon, 2020, 28, p. 4-18.
Just, Flemming: Jacob A. Riis og amerikanisme [Jacob A. Riis and Americanism], Anglo-Files, 2020, 196 p. 77-82.