posted February 18, 1998

Dutch Proceedings Published

The papers presented during a June, 1997, conference on Dutch immigration are available in book form, published by the Joint Archives of Holland.

          The event, "The Sesquicentennial of Dutch
  Immigration:  150 Years of Ethnic Heritage," was the 11th
  biennial conference organized by the Association for the
  Advancement of Dutch American Studies.  Scholars and
  laypeople from across the United States and the Netherlands
  presented historical perspectives and analysis on the
  migration and the Dutch settlers' descendants.  More than
  150 attended the two-day event, held at Hope College on June
  12 and 13, 1997.
          The book features the story "First Bride," written
  for the conference by James Schaap and delivered as the
  event's keynote address.  Schaap is a professor of English
  at Dordt College.
          The book subsequently presents 14 papers organized
  into four general sections:  A.C. Van Raalte/Holland, Mich.;
  Western Michigan; H.P. Scholte/Pella, Iowa; and
  Culture/Language.  The titles and authors include "Albertus
  C. Van Raalte:  Leader of the Emigration, 1844-1867," by
  Elton J. Bruins, director of Hope's A.C. Van Raalte
  Institute for Historical Studies; "Baptism of Fire:
  Holland's Company I and the Battle of Tebbs Bend, July 4,
  1863," by Jack D. Elenbaas, professor of history at
  California State University; and "Dutch Immigrant Language:
  Maintaining One's Cultural Identity," by Margriet B. Lacy, a
  dean and member of the French faculty at Butler University.
          The book was compiled and edited by Larry Wagenaar
  and Robert P. Swierenga.  Wagenaar is associate professor
  and director of the Joint Archives of Holland.  Swierenga is
  a research professor of history with the A.C. Van Raalte
  Institute for Historical Studies.
          The Joint Archives of Holland and the A.C. Van
  Raalte Institute for Historical Studies hosted the
  conference.  The Michigan Humanities Council and Hope
  College provided financial assistance.
          Copies of the book are available for $5 at the
  Joint Archives of Holland, which is located on the ground
  level of the Van Wylen Library and may be called at (616)
  395-7798.