The Mission of the Joint Archives of Holland, a department of Hope College, is to promote the educational mission of Hope College and its partner institutions by actively collecting, caring for, interpreting, and making available the unique historical resources in its care. These resources include the archival collections of Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, area governmental units, and other members who may contract for services at the Joint Archives of Holland. It serves as a history research center for students, faculty and staff of Hope College, for contractual members of the Joint Archives of Holland, and for the general public.
The mission of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute is to honor the memory and the vision of the Reverend Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, the founder of Holland and Hope College, by studying his life and work. From this mission also is derived the scholarly investigation and publication of materials concerned with the immigration and the contributions of the Dutch and their descendants in the United States of America. Furthermore, the Institute is dedicated to the study of the history of all the people who have comprised the community throughout its history.
The Holland Historical Trust (which administers Holland Museum) is the catalyst for a dynamic interaction of the past and present that enriches the greater Holland area. By collecting, preserving and communicating what has been, the Trust focuses the power of the past to shape the future. Its educational facilities and collections are representative of a diverse heritage and are accessible to all. The vision of HHT is to shape the future of the greater Holland area by celebrating and building on those qualities that made it thrive in the past.
The Tulip Time Festival is a celebration of Dutch heritage and culture, a multi-generational event that has a little bit of something for everyone including; three amazing parades, multiple Dutch Dance performances, concerts, theatre, Dutch attractions, Dutch food, children’s events, trolley tours and so much more!
From the arrival of Dutch settlers to today’s community known for designer clocks and furniture, the people of Zeeland have fascinating stories to tell and artifacts to show. The Dekker Huis/Zeeland Historical Museum is the place for everyone to experience life in Zeeland’s past.
Social, cultural, and economic upheavals in Europe led many to look for new homes in the United States. Groups of Dutch emigrants in Western Michigan established the “Holland Kolonie” which became the U.S. center of 19th-century Dutch immigration and conservative Dutch Reformed faith. Holland was founded in 1847. Holland’s population grew from 3,000 inhabitants at its Semi-Centennial 1897 to 15,000 at its Centennial in 1947 and surpassed 30,000 in 1997, its Sesquicentennial year.
Incorporated in 1907 and named after the Province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, Zeeland is located in western Michigan, approximately 25 miles west of Grand Rapids. The City has a population of 5,805 according to the 2000 census. City hall is located at 21 S. Elm Street in Zeeland. The city hall phone number is (616) 772-6400.
Western Theological Seminary is a mid-sized seminary located in Holland, Michigan and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. They are fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. They host approximately 230 full and part-time students and 18 faculty members and 1 faculty fellow (12:1 student/faculty ratio).
Download a guided walking tour (in PDF format) of beautiful, historic downtown Holland.
Nelis' Dutch Village is a step back into the Netherlands of over 100 years ago on a day when the carnival came to town, complete with authentic Dutch architecture, flowering gardens, canals and windmills. The history and culture of the Dutch comes to life as our associates, dressed in authentic costumes and wooden shoes, demonstrate old Dutch traditions. Everyone enjoys a visit to our wooden shoe factory where shoes are carved both by hand and with antique automated machinery. Nearby, a tour of our Frisian farmhouse with connected barn shows how a Dutch farm family lived in those times. Our rides are age-appropriate and include our giant wooden shoe slide, our restored antique carousel, the "big swing" - our popular Zweefmolen (Dutch Swing Ride), and the crowd pleasing "Harry's Windmill Ride" - one part Ferris Wheel and one part Dutch Windmill. There is no extra charge for any of our rides or activities. Each year we add new and fun activities. Dutch Cheese making, International Cheese Tasting, Dutch Delftware Making, Dutch Dancing Lessons, and Walking Our Goat are newer added attractions as well as the tried and true Candle Carving and Wooden Shoe Factory. Our large Import Shops are adjacent to our theme park and are open throughout the year. We welcome your visit in person or on-line at our Internet store - www.bluedelft.com. There is convenient FREE Parking for buses and motorhomes.
The Holland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) enhances, promotes, and markets the greater Holland area year round as a destination for visitors, conventions, meetings, sports, and special events. Our mission includes growing the Holland Area CVB’s visibility as the “official destination marketing organization” for the greater Holland area. We develop strategies to bolster overnight business through our website, www.holland.org and our mobile site, m.holland.org; social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google + and Instagram; targeted advertising; press releases; print materials; and cooperative partnerships. We have helped the Holland area attract a variety of visitors from many walks of life, including leisure and corporate travelers, festival attendees, college students and their families, athletes, and group travelers from the US and abroad. The majority of our advertising is focused in the Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, St. Louis and Michigan markets, along with Toronto and southern Ontario.
Windmill Island Gardens is home to de Zwaan windmill, the last mill allowed to be transported from the Netherlands. de Zwaan still functions by grinding locally-grown grain into flour that is sold to visitors and local businesses. Visitors can enjoy music from our antique Dutch street organ given to the City of Holland by the City of Amsterdam after World War II. Children can also ride on our antique carousel from the Netherlands. There are several other replica Dutch buildings and shops. The Island is home to beautiful gardens which feature tulips in the spring followed by beautiful annuals and perennials throughout the summer.