DUTCH HERITAGE Calendar for 2016

Dutch Heritage Coordinating Council


EVENTS - recurring and occasional events

May 5: The anniversary of the defeat of the German military forces in the Netherlands (May 5, 1945).

May 7-14, 2016: Tulip Time Festival events and exhibitions; contact Gwen Auwerda at (616) 396-4221

​February 9: Founding of Holland in 1847; contact City of Holland at (616) 355-1310

October 17:  Birthday of A.C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland (born in 1711)

Nov. ___ Dutch American Dinner with special guest speaker

Dec. 2:  Sinterklaas arrival and parade in both Zeeland and Holland

All Year: Dutch Village exhibits and shops; contact (616) 396-1475


​Founding of Holland exhibits & Dutch Art Galleries at the Holland Museum

Founding of Zeeland exhibits & Bank diorama in Zeeland Dekker Huis

Ongoing/Permanent EXHIBITS/COLLECTIONS with Dutch Heritage themes, contact persons.

Pillar CRC Church; Holland's first church, exhibits; church office: (616) 392-5474

Holland Museum - Christopher Shires at (616) 796-2080
  Cappon House - home of Holland's first Mayor Isaac Cappon
  Settlers House - simple worker's home

First Reformed Church, Zeeland; history exhibit; Rev. Tom Grabill

Dekker Huis/Zeeland History Museum; Thom Parker at (616) 772-4079

New Groningen School House, Zeeland, restored school;  Thom Parker at (616) 772-4079

Third Reformed Church, Holland; excellent archive; Dr. Elton Bruins at (616) 395-7678

Van Raalte Institute, Holland; extensive Van Raalte archive; Dr. Elton Bruins at (616) 395-7678

​Joint Archives of Holland; archives of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary; Geoffrey Reynolds at (616) 395-7798

Western Theological Seminary, Holland; Ann Nieuwkoop at (616) 392-8555 x143

Graafschap Christian Reformed Church Heritage Center, Holland; extensive exhibits; Calvin Hoogstra at (616)-396-5008 or Bill Sytsma (616) 392-6287 for more information.

Herrick District Library, Holland geneological records; Mary Vander Kooy at (616) 355-3724

Windmill Island, authentic Dutch DeZwaan Windmill; Matt Helmus at (616) 355-1031

Calvin College, Grand Rapids; various historical exhibits; Henry Luttikhuizen at (616) 526-6327