The Internet Archive

We’re increasingly cataloging our lives online, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, seemingly endless YouTube videos. It’s a digital-first and often digital-only world. The advantages of this unlimited digital storage seem obvious, but how permanent are some of those records? How do we preserve digital history?Internet history is fragile. This archive is making sure it doesn’t disappear.

Ottawa County Poor Farm History

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Read about the interesting lives of several Ottawa County Poor Farm residents, as well as an article on the Rottschaefer family, missionaries in India, in the latest issue of the Joint Archives Quarterly newsletter.

Carousel Mountain Ski Resort Topic of Meeting

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Many Hollanders, including the presenter, spent lots of their winter season leisure time at Carousel Mountain and have fond memories of the former Laketown Township ski resort. Presenter Robert Sligh will help us remember that magical time from 1963-1973 through his memories, interviews with the founder’s daughter and local skiers, and archival documents, artifacts, and images from the founder’s family. Please join us at the Holland Area Historical Society monthly meeting for this free event on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – 7:30 p.m., at the Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland, Michigan.

Eastmanville Poor Farm History

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What do a reformer, an aerospace executive, and a man saved by a beer have in common? They all lived in Holland and at the Eastmanville Poor Farm during their lives. As county citizens celebrate the sesquicentennial of this important site, come learn more about Ottawa County’s home for the poor and needy from local historian and author Marjorie Viveen through her ten years of research. Please join us at the Holland Area Historical Society monthly meeting for this free event on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland.

Georgian Bay Line Ships Remembered

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Holland played host to the three Georgian Bay Line ships, the South American, North American, and Alabama for many years. Come learn more about the Georgian Bay Line and the ships that sailed the Great Lakes for decades from maritime historian Robert Campbell through his research, images, movies and artwork. Please join us for this free event at the Holland Area Historical Society monthly meeting, on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland.

International Archives Day


Tomorrow, June 9, is International Archives Day and worthy of noting as the Joint Archives of Holland will celebrate 28 years of service to researchers from around the world in October. Here is a recently published history about the people who made the Joint Archives of Holland the international research center it is today. Enjoy!

The Trajectory of Hope

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “The Trajectory of Hope” on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Maas Auditorium, Maas Conference Center, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Maas Auditorium is located at 264 Columbia Avenue on the Hope College campus.  The public is invited, and admission is free.

Hope College received its charter in May 1866, and in 2016 celebrates the college’s sesquicentennial year.  Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, Editor in Chief of the Van Raalte Press, Director Emeritus of the Van Raalte Institute, and Professor of Classics and Provost Emeritus of Hope College, will tell stories drawn from his forthcoming book on this important milestone charting the development of the college over the intervening years.