The Ails of the Smiths: The Plight of an Early Pioneer Family

Before Dutch settlers immigrated to West Michigan and established the town of Holland, MI, Ottawa Native Americans and American missionaries called the area their home. In 1839, Chief Wakazoo, Reverend George Smith, and the Black Lake Band of Odawa founded a village near Lake Macatawa and named it Old Wing Mission. Smith and his wife, …

The Campus Experience of Hope College Women During World War II

Enjoy! This issue includes a World War II era article penned by summer 2021 research student Brooke Carbaugh while studying our collections for a much larger project. That project is now a website called Women at Hope College During the 1930s and 1940s and is a true joy to read.

The Forgotten War and Its Warriors-Spanish-American War Veterans of Holland

The latest issue of the Joint Archives Quarterly includes an article about the Holland area United Spanish War Veterans Camp No. 38 and their struggle to be remembered and honored. The article was penned by Autumn Balamucki, a Hope College history student and one of our past summer research students. Balamucki wrote about working remotely …

Ottawa County Poor Farm History

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.