Hidden Treasures: The Many Collections at the Holland Museum

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College
264 Columbia Avenue, Holland
The Holland Museum displays many wonderful artifacts for visitors to enjoy, and many more are kept in a state-of-the-art collections storage area. Museum Collections Manager Rick Jenkins will show and tell us more about what historically significant objects and images the museum staff has collected and kept safe but out of site in the last 80 years. This event is free to the public.

History of the Warm Friend Hotel Topic of Program

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “The Warm Friend Turns 92” on Tuesday, April 11 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 Warm Friend Tavern and Hotel opened in 1925 as a premier hotel of the Midwest. Built by the Holland Furnace Company, it brought entertainers, sports figures and hundreds of visitors to
downtown Holland. The Warm Friend, now operated by Resthaven as an independent living center, continues to be a Holland landmark. Join Glenn Lowe and Susan Etterbeek DeJong as they present the 92 year journey of the hotel.

The Holland Area Historical Society sponsors historically themed programs, primarily concerning Holland and West Michigan, monthly except during May, July and August. 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.

Questions? 616-395-7798

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.

Eastmanville Poor Farm History

Poor Farm (H03-MP1513)

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

South American (H15-MP1886-50)

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.

Antique Anecdotes

American Legion Band

Taking a trip down memory lane highlighting an illustrated potpourri of Holland happenings from the past 165 plus years called “Antique Anecdotes” will be presented by Randy Vande Water Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hope College Maas Auditorium, 264 Columbia Ave.

Featured at the monthly meeting of the Holland Area Historical Society, the free event includes more than 100 pictures and commentary covering the community‘s offbeat triumphs and trials as told by Vande Water, local author, historian and retired Holland Sentinel editor.

Vignettes showing “gang buster” invasions by 1930s Great Depression desperadoes are stories of trials gleaned from city newspapers.

Anniversary celebrations are triumph tales, beginning in 1872 when the city reached 25, and a half century in 1897 and a century in 1947.

From “Love Finds a Way,” recalling the Holland National Guard unit during sitdown strike duty in Flint, to the “goingson” of hoboes who camped for more than a halfcentury near Windmill Island relate items of interest during the 1920s and 1930s.

Several ship tragedies have taken place in stormy Lake Michigan during the years since Dr. A.C. Van Raalte founded this place in 1847.  Van Raalte’s escapade as told in this program should bring a smile.

Automobiles have been around for more than a century and cities like Holland had difficulty with drivers and passengers nine decades ago.

Aldermen established an unheard of before ordinance to handle seating for young women and men. Individuals are named for their local fame while others register as infamous. There are a few new twists on longtime topics and several vignettes that seldom have been heard.