History of Ottawa County Railroads Presentation

The Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “Railroads of Ottawa County” on Tuesday, April 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.

Ottawa County was a major railroad center for more than 80 years. Local historian Paul Trap will present a summary of the 70 plus railroad companies associated with Ottawa County, like the Detroit & Milwaukee and the Pere Marquette as well as two local interurban lines.

Michigan Shipwrecks Topic of Program

The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association (MSRA) will present its annual Mysteries & Histories Beneath the Inland Seas on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT), in the Jack H. Miller Auditorium at Hope College, 221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423.

For more information visit the website at Mysteries & Histories Beneath the Inland Seas-2018.

Answering the Call: Company K Sharpshooters in the Civil War

The Holland Area Historical Society will be hosting the presentation “Answering the Call: Company K Sharpshooters in the Civil War” on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., in the Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland.

Maas Auditorium is located at 264 Columbia Avenue on the Hope College campus. The public is invited, and admission is free.

Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters regiment was composed primarily of Native Americans of the United States, especially members of the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations. Communications professor and filmmaker Dr. David Schock will illustrate, through images and historical accounts, the history of this famous Civil War fighting group.

70 Years of Growing: History of Walters Gardens, Inc.

70 Years of Growing:
History of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College
264 Columbia Avenue, Holland
Walters Gardens, Inc. is North America’s leading wholesale grower of perennials. For over 70 years, the company has built its reputation by offering a wide of over 1,000 new and classic perennials of the finest quality to independent growers. Chief Operating Officer Troy Shumaker will show us a wonderful video about the company’s history and answer questions you may have.

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.