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Publications and Presentations

The major work of the Institute is research and writing in Dutch American studies; thus the Institute has as a primary function the publication of essays and books in this field. The first publication during this calendar year was the second edition of The Americanization of a Congregation (Bruins, 1996), a case study of a Dutch American congregation as it passes from a Dutch speaking, immigrant oriented church to a fully Americanized congregation, while remaining within the Reformed Calvinistic tradition.

As the sesquicentennial celebration of Holland, Michigan approached, it was the hope of Peter Huizenga that a major biography of A. C. Van Raalte could be produced early in the sesquicentennial year. Time constraints prevented the preparation of a documentary biography based on the extensive files of Van Raalte documents in the collection of Dr. Bruins, gathered in the United States and the Netherlands over the last quarter of a century. However, these files became primary resources for Dr. Jacobson, who collaborated with Dr. Bruins and Professor Larry J. Wagenaar, director of the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College, to prepare an illustrated biography of Van Raalte in the context of his times: Albertus C. Van Raalte, Dutch Patriot and American Leader (Jacobson, Bruins, and Wagenaar, 1997).

A classic work in Dutch-American studies, Dutch Immigrant Memoirs and Related Writings by Henry Lucas, first published in 1955, was republished this year, under the auspices of the Dutch American Historical Commission, of which the A. C. Van Raalte Institute is a member. The republication includes English translations of 22 entries which appeared only in Dutch in the original version. These were compiled by Dr. Swierenga, who also prepared a comprehensive index for the new volume and wrote the introduction for the book, which Eerdmans Publishing Company released in February 1997.

In addition to the director's multiple committee responsibilities, extensive consultation especially by Dr. Swierenga and Dr. Bruins, and editorial work by Dr. Jacobson, the scholarly research of the director and fellows of the Institute has resulted in a substantial body of publications and presentations. The list below departs from the usual bibliographic format in alphabetizing by title, rather than by author.


Publications
" A.A.D.A.S.: Hence? Whence?" In A Century of Midwestern Dutch-American Manners and Mores--and More, the proceedings of the tenth biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS), October 26-28, 1995. Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"ACVR Biography Breaks New Ground." Joint Archives Quarterly, 8. 1996. (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

Albertus C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot. Holland, MI: Hope College, 1997. (Jeanne M. Jacobson, Elton J. Bruins, and Larry J. Wagenaar)

Albertus Van Raalte saw himself and all the world around him in the light of eternity. For him, the present and the past were seamlessly one, and he knew that believers were blessed by the surrounding presence of a great throng of those who had witnessed to their faith at personal cost. He was the servant of the Lord and of his people, and he was remembered by many as a source of great strength. The man who had to stand on a platform to be seen by all his congregation was a towering preacher.

From the conclusion of "He Was the Virtuoso Orator of God's Word," the fourteenth chapter of Albertus C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot, p. 217. (Jacobson, Bruins, and Wagenaar, 1997).

"An American Moses: Albertus C. Van Raalte." In Sharing the Reformed Tradition: The Dutch-North American Exchange, 1846-1996. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Calvinists in the Second City: The Dutch Reformed of Chicago's West Side." In Rethinking Secularization: Reformed Encounters with Modernity, eds. Gerard Dekker, Donald Luidens, and Roger Rice. Washington, DC: University Press of America. 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"The Classis of Holland" and "Third Reformed Church." In In Christ's Service: The Classis of Holland, Michigan, and Its Congregations, 1848-1997. Classis of Holland, Reformed Church in America, Holland, MI, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

A Dream Fulfilled: The Van Raalte Sculpture in Centennial Park. Holland, MI: Hope College, 1997. (Jacob E. Nyenhuis and Jeanne M. Jacobson)

Encyclopedia of Europe Since 1845. Nine articles on the Netherlands. 1997. (James C. Kennedy)

"Dutch in America: The Settlement of People from the Netherlands in the United States." In Encyclopedia USA, vol. 24. 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Going to America: Travel Routes of Zeeland Emigrants," Newalennia: Bulletin of the Workgroup History and Archeology [the Netherlands], themed issue "Zeeuwe Emigratie naar Amerika, 1840-1920," vol. 114, September 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"The Hendrik and Hendrika Bruins Family in America, 1847-1997." Holland, MI: Hope College, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

Introduction, Index, and compilation of English-language translations for 22 entries in the republication of Henry Lucas, Dutch Immigrant Memoirs and Related Writing. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"The Low Countries." In Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience. ed. Robert W. Taylor. , 2 vols. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1996, (Robert P. Swierenga)

"New Babylon and the Politics of Modernity." Sociologische Gids, fall 1997. The issue is devoted to Nieuw Babylon in Aanbouw and sociologists' responses. (James C. Kennedy)

Nieuw Babylon in Aanbouw: Nederland in de Jaren Zestig, 2nd edition. Amsterdam: Boom. 1997. (James C. Kennedy)

"One Person's Vision: a brief description of Van Raalte and his Colony" The Church Herald, February 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"'Pioneers for Jesus Christ:' Dutch Protestant Colonization in North America as an Act of Faith." In Sharing the Reformed Tradition: The Dutch-North American Exchange, 1846-1996. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Promoting Ethnic Pride: The Dutch-American Social Clubs of Chicago." Origins 14, no. 2, 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)

Review of Cosmos in Chaos: Philip Schaff's Interpretation of Nineteenth Century American Religion by Stephen R. Graham. The Reformed Review, Winter 1996-97. (Elton J. Bruins)

Presentations
" The A. C. Van Raalte Institute for Historical Studies," presentation to the retired faculty of Hope College, February 19, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Albertus C. Van Raalte and His Colony," two lectures at Elderhostel, Camp Geneva, October 7, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Albertus C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot," Freedom Village, Holland MI, August 21, 1997 (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

"Albertus C. Van Raalte in the Context of His Times," fifth of five presentations in the Pillar Church Sesquicentennial Lectures, 1997. (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

"Albertus C. Van Raalte: Leader of the Emigration," Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies (AADAS), Hope College, June 13, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"An American Moses: Albertus C. Van Raalte as Immigrant Leader," Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 15, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"A Brief History of the Third Reformed Church," Holland Area Historical Society, December 10, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"The Boundaries of the Church: Vrijgemaakten, Ecumenism and the 1960s" Theologische Universiteit Kampen, 1997. (James C. Kennedy)

"'By the Sweat of Our Brow': Economic Aspects of the Dutch Immigration to Michigan," Holland Museum, Holland, Michigan, March 13, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Holland," Hope Academy for Senior Professionals, September 3, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Decisions, Decisions: Turning Points in the Founding of Holland," Holland Area Historical Society, Holland, Michigan, February 18, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Early Holland, Michigan," an illustrated lecture, Holland Rotary, March 20, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Dutch Immigration and Settlement in the United States and the Midwest," Elderhostel, Camp Geneva, September 18, 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Faith of our Fathers and Mothers," a meditation, Third Reformed Church, Sunday, February 16, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"The Forerunners," luncheon address in honor of Dr. John Wallach, Hope College Wilson visiting scholar, based on Swierenga (1994) The Forerunners: Dutch Jewry in the North American Diaspora. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Fraternal Greetings" Synod of the Christian Reformed Church, June 15, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"From Colony to City: Holland's First 25 Years" Historical Society of Michigan, September 19, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"From Zeeland to Zeeland in 1847," Zeeland Historical Society, Zeeland, Michigan, February 6, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Going to America: Travel Routes of Zeeland Immigrants" Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, the Netherlands, September 7, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"The Holland Colony," the Archief en Documentatiecentrum van de Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland, Kampen, the Netherlands, November 13, 1996. (Elton J. Bruins)

"In a New Land," Honor Society Induction Ceremony, West Ottawa High School, January 22, 1997. (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

"Isaac Cappon and His Family," Cappon Family Reunion, July 19, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"The Little White Church: Religion in Rural America," Presidential Address, Agricultural History Society, San Francisco, California, April, 1997 (to be published in the September issue of the Society's quarterly journal, Agricultural History). (Robert P. Swierenga)

"1834 - Netherlands Church Secession and Dutch Emigration," first of five presentations in the Pillar Church Sesquicentennial Lectures, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"A New Van Raalte Biography," talks given at Hope College Winter Happenings, January 25, 1997; Hope alumni meetings in Arizona, California and Florida, February and March, 1997; and Hope Alumni Weekend, May 3, 1997. (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

"Patterns in the Immigration to Michigan in 1847," The Netherlands "In the Footsteps" Foundation, Holland, Michigan, September 18, 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"'Pioneers for Jesus Christ': Dutch Protestant Colonization in North America as an Act of Faith," Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, November 15, 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"1857--Secession Again: Origins of the Christian Reformed Church," third of five presentations in the Pillar Church Sesquicentennial Lectures, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"Secession Yet Again in 1882: The Masonic Controversy," fourth of five presentations in the Pillar Church Sesquicentennial Lectures, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"The Union of 1850: Classis Holland Joins the Reformed Dutch Church," second of five presentations in the Pillar Church Sesquicentennial Lectures, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Van Raalte and His Settlers," Clarence M. Burton Memorial Lecture, Historical Society of Michigan, 123rd Annual Meeting, Hope College, Holland, MI, September 19, 1997. (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

"Van Raalte and Scholte: A Soured Relationship and Personal Rivalry," Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies (AADAS), Hope College, June 13, 1997. (Robert P. Swierenga)

"The Van Raalte Institute," Board of Trustees dinner, Hope College, October 10, 1966. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Van Raalte's Emigration to the United States," talk for visiting Japanese students from Technos International Institute, February 4, 1997. (Jeanne M. Jacobson)

"A Venture of Faith," sermon at First Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan, observing its 150th anniversary, Sunday, February 9, 1997. (Elton J. Bruins)

"Why Michigan? The Founding of de Kolonie of Holland in 1847," Holland Genealogical Society Holland, Michigan, October 19, 1996. (Robert P. Swierenga)