History of Herrick District Library Program


The Holland Area Historical Society will host the program “History of Herrick District Library” on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland, Michigan. This program is free to the public.

The City of Holland opened its first library in 1867 to serve the intellectual needs of area residents. Come learn about the history of the library and its many homes from past director Robert Sherwood and current librarian Mary Vander Kooy.

City of Holland History Presentation


The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Holland” on Tuesday, February 14 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.

The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of City of Holland. In honor of this event, Holland historian and author Dr. Robert Swierenga and the mayor of Holland, Nancy DeBoer, will present the controversy with the city’s founder A.C. Van Raalte leading up to this event and what is to come for the Tulip City.

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.