Joint Archives of Holland Will Be Closed to Public Research

Since March 17, the Joint Archives of Holland has been and will continue to be unavailable until April 13, if not longer, depending on directions from Hope College.

We will offer online assistance to Hope College faculty, staff and students only. Please contact the Archivist for help at archives@hope.edu.

History of Reliable Sports Store Will Be Subject of Meeting

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “God is Reliable” on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

Winants Auditorium is located in Graves Hall at 263 College Avenue on the Hope College campus. The public is invited, and admission is free.

Reliable Sports store was a local landmark at the corner of River Avenue and 11th Street until 2018. Join former owner Ken Vos, as he describes his family’s ownership of the business since 1932 and how it grew from a bicycle repair shop to a thriving sports equipment enterprise
with lots of hard work and faith in God.

The Holland Area Historical Society sponsors historically themed programs, primarily concerning Holland and West Michigan, monthly except during May, July, August, and January. The programs are funded through dues paid by the society’s members. Membership is paid annually, and costs $15 for individuals, $20 for families, and $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. The society also has rates for non-profit institutions, corporations and life memberships.

How Much Dutch: The Linguistic Landscape of Holland, Michigan

HOLLAND -- The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled 

“How Much Dutch: The Linguistic Landscape of Holland, Michigan” on Tuesday, February 11
at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope
College, Holland, Michigan.

Winants Auditorium is located in Graves Hall at 263 College Avenue on the Hope College campus. The public is invited, and admission is free. Dutch language and culture have been part of Holland since early settlers came in 1847 and play an important part in the local economy. Join Dr. Kathryn Remlinger as she presents her findings on how language use and cultural objects communicate meanings that reimagine Holland as a “Dutch” city.

Ottawa Beach Hotel History Topic of Presentation (CANCELLED!)

 

DUE TO THE WEATHER THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “Travel Back in Time to the Ottawa Beach Hotel” on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

Winants Auditorium is located in Graves Hall at 263 College Avenue on the Hope

College campus. The public is invited, and admission is free.

The Ottawa Beach Hotel began as merely a destination for which to sell railroad tickets and ended as one of Holland’s premier luxury hotels, serving hundreds of thousands of tourists. Join local historian Valerie van Heest as she takes us back in time to the heyday of this local landmark.

The Holland Area Historical Society sponsors historically themed programs, primarily concerning Holland and West Michigan, monthly except during May, July, August, and January. The programs are funded through dues paid by the society’s members. Membership is paid annually, and costs $15 for individuals, $20 for families, and $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. The society also has rates for non-profit institutions, corporations and life memberships.

Subsequent presentations will be Western Theological Seminary Tour and Christmas Dessert (December 10), “How Much Dutch: The Linguistic Landscape of Holland, Michigan” (February 11), “God is Reliable” (March 10), “The Fennville Train Robbery & Other Railroad Crimes” (April 14), and “Michigan P.O.W. Camps in WWII” (June 9).

Additional information concerning the Holland Area Historical Society may be obtained by calling (616) 395-7798.

Misdeeds, Murderers, and Miscreants: Ottawa County’s Nortorious Past Program

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “Misdeeds, Murderers, and Miscreants: Ottawa County’s Notorious Past” on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Winants Auditorium is located in Graves Hall at 263 College Avenue on the Hope College campus. The public is invited, and admission is free.

Ottawa County is full of stories of mysterious crimes, murders, miscreants and other dubious characters. Join Loutit District Library librarian and local historian Jeannette Weiden as we explore some of the notorious residents of Ottawa County’s past.

The Arts and Crafts Furniture of the Charles Limbert Company

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “The Arts and Crafts Furniture of the Charles Limbert Company” on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Winants Auditorium is located in Graves Hall at 263 College Avenue on the Hope College campus. The public is invited, and admission is free.

The Charles P. Limbert Company was known worldwide as a maker of quality arts and crafts furniture at the beginning of the 20th century. Join local furniture craftsman and historian Clare Heyboer as he presents the fascinating history of this company and its influence around the world.

Joint Archives Contributes to Film “Chasing the Moon”

Chasing the Moon poster image

We are over the moon knowing that the Joint Archives of Holland contributed archival materials to a new three-part, six hour film that will debut on local PBS stations July 8, 2019. Last February we were contacted for information about astronaut Col. Frank Borman’s visit to Hope College on February 19, 1970 to present at a special convocation presentation where he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree. “Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.