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.