Remarkable Ramona Park

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On Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., the Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “Remarkable Ramona Park.”  The presentation will be held in the Maas Auditorium, located at 264 Columbia Avenue on the Hope College campus in Holland.  The public is invited, and admission is free.

Situated on the shores of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, from 1903 through 1954, Ramona Park resembled Holland’s Jenison Electric Park. Join author Mrs. Gail Snow as she tells the story of this west Michigan amusement park through narrative, photographs, newspaper clippings, and stories. Signed books will be available for purchase.


World War II Life in the “Old Home Town” – Part Two

On Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30, the Holland Area Historical Society will host a program titled “World War II Life in the ‘Old Home Town’ – Part Two.”  The presentation will be held in the Maas Auditorium, Maas Conference Auditorium, Hope College, 264 College Ave., Holland, Michigan.  (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION)

In observance of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, local historian and author Randy Vande Water concludes his presentation of Holland’s civilian and military participation in World War II. Topics will include Selective Service (Draft), civil defense and bonds, Tulip Time, National Guard and Pearl Harbor.


Joint Archives of Holland Co-Sponsors Colloquium Series


The Joint Archives of Holland and the Hope College history department will co-sponsor “20th Century China and the Reformed Church in America”, on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 4:00 p.m., in the Herrick Room, DeWitt Center, Hope College, Holland, Michigan. The event will include Hope College history students Claire Barrett, ’15; Katelyn Dickerson, ’15; Victoria Henry, ’15. All three spent the summer of 2014 conducting research in the Joint Archives of Holland on the topic.

This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information please contact the Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College, at 616-395-7798 or

Evolution of Symphonic Music in Holland, Michigan Presentation

On Tuesday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m., the Holland Area Historical Society will host Kay Walvoord, President and CEO of the Holland Symphony Orchestra for her presentation titled “Evolution of Symphonic Music in Holland, Michigan.” The presentation will be at the Maas Center Auditorium, Hope College, 264 Columbia Avenue, Holland, Michigan.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Holland Symphony Orchestra (HSO). However, many smaller orchestras have called Holland home over the years, too. Join Ms. Walvoord as she reviews the history of the HSO, as well as smaller organizations and their influences on the orchestra.

This event is open to the public at no charge.

Board of World Missions Annual Reports Now Online

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The Board of Wold Missions annual reports and Women’s Board of World Missions annual reports are now online for the researchers to use for research. This additional material is part of the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College’s ongoing mission to make available rare and unique archival materials to researchers around the world.

Local Man’s Experience During World War II Spotlighted

head shot in uniformAs a member of the Greatest Generation, George H. Kuiper was present for some of the most pivotal moments in American history, and his contributions to the United States’ story is one that needed to be shared. Over the past few months, Kuiper has shared his knowledge with the Joint Archives in a memoir detailing his days serving in the Second World War titled, “World War II As I Remember It.” From his early enlistment in July 1944 to his final days in Europe in June 1946, Kuiper’s story is a vivid account of his journey through the war, encompassing the rewarding comradery and immense gratification of victory, as well as the brutal, bloody realities of war.

Read the whole story in the Fall 2014 issue of the Joint Archives of Holland Quarterly newsletter.

Digital Holland, Michigan Website Provides History at Your Fingertips

DHM Logo (1)The latest issue of the Joint Archives of Holland Quarterly newsletter focuses on the creation and launch of the Digital Holland, Michigan website. Learn more about how this innovative approach to history makes information via electronic devices as we seek to learn more about historic sites, personalities, and events in the Holland area.