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.