Phoenix Disaster Presentation Scheduled

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “The Phoenix Disaster of 1847” on Tuesday, November 21 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 steamship Phoenix was lost on Lake Michigan on November 21, 1847, with a loss of nearly 250 Dutch immigrants, many of them related to local Hollanders. Join author, historian, and shipwreck hunter Craig Rich as he presents a multimedia history of this local Great Lakes tragedy.

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.

Subsequent presentations will be 150 Years of Grace: Grace Episcopal Church Tour and Christmas Dessert (December 12), 70 Years of Growing: History of Walters Gardens, Inc. (February 13), Answering the Call: Company K Sharpshooters in the Civil War (March 13), All Aboard! Early Railroads of Holland (April 10), Wheels Keep Turning: History of Elhart Auto Group (June 12).

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

History of Holland Peanut Store Presentation

 

HOLLAND — The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “Sweet Success: History of Holland Peanut Store” on Tuesday, October 10 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.

Known far and wide for their Nutty Paddle Pops, handmade chocolates, and eclectic candy selection, customers from around the world have visited the Holland Peanut Store for decades. Come hear three generations of the Fabiano family, Samantha Stille-von Websky, Sarah Porebski, Paul C. Fabiano, and Thomas Fabiano, tell the history of this landmark Holland business and their secret to success selling sweets for five generations.

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).

Subsequent presentations will be Almost Home: The Phoenix Disaster of 1847 (November 21), 150 Years of Grace: Grace Episcopal Church Tour and Christmas Dessert (December 12), 70 Years of Growing: History of Walters Gardens, Inc. (February 13), Answering the Call: Company K Sharpshooters in the Civil War (March 13), All Aboard! Early Railroads of Holland (April 10), Wheels Keep Turning: History of Elhart Auto Group (June 12).

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

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.