posted October 11, 1999

Presidential History Featured

In conjunction with the inaugural year of Hope College's 11th president, the Joint Archives of Holland will present the exhibit "A Legacy of Leaders" to commemorate those who have served in the office.

          The exhibit will open with an unveiling and
  reception on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m. at the Joint
  Archives, which is located on the ground level of the Van
  Wylen Library.
          The public is invited.  Admission is free.
          Using unique photographic images and Hope
  memorabilia found in the archives, the exhibit tells the
  story of how the college was shaped by those who have served
  as president since Hope was chartered in 1866.
          In addition to chronicling the college's growth
  and development, the display also describes some of the
  challenges that have faced Hope's leaders.  The exhibit
  discusses the first president's reluctance to give up the
  office and turmoil on campus in the 1960s.
          "Our goal was to encapsulate some of the most
  important impressions from each of the men who have served
  as Hope's president," said Larry J. Wagenaar, who is
  director of the Joint Archives of Holland and an associate
  professor at Hope.  "We hope the exhibit will lead those who
  visit to a deeper understanding of the breadth of Hope's
  leadership and how profoundly it can affect the direction
  and success of the school."
          The exhibition begins with the college's and
  Holland's founder:  the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte.  The
  display then runs chronologically, beginning with the Rev.
  Philip Phelps Jr., who was Hope's first president, and
  continuing through Dr. James E. Bultman, who took office on
  July 1 and is being inaugurated on Friday, Oct. 22.
          Those in between are the Rev. Charles Scott,
  Gerrit J. Kollen, the Rev. Ame Vennema, Edward D. Dimnent,
  Dr. Wynand Wichers, Dr. Irwin J. Lubbers, Dr. Calvin A.
  VanderWerf, Dr. Gordon J. Van Wylen and Dr. John H.
  Jacobson.  The exhibit also discusses the Rev. Giles
  Mandeville, who served as "provisional president" in the
  late 1870s, between Phelps and Scott.
          The exhibit will run through April of 2000.
          The Joint Archives of Holland brings together the
  archival collections of Hope College with those of the
  Holland Museum, Western Theological Seminary, and other
  organizations that contract for archival services.  The
  archives is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.