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My Books: Dutch Chicago
By the end of the year my magnum opus, Dutch Chicago: A History of Hollanders in the Windy City, will be published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. This is the much-anticipated culmination of many years of research and conversations about the place my family has called home for four generations. A series of promotional activities in Chicago and elsewhere in connection with the book's release have been planned. Among many who supported the project, I have acknowledged the contributions of a fellow alumnus of Timothy Christian School, Peter H. Huizenga, Timothy alumnus extraordinaire, who provided publication assistance that made this effort feasible.
A major editing project of mine is also nearing completion. It is an English-language edition of Johan Stellingwerff's Immigrant Letters from Iowa: Dutch Reformed Life on the American Frontier, which was originally published in the Netherlands in 1975. Wm. B. Eerdmans will publish this valuable collection of immigrant letters next year under the imprint of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America. This fresh translation by Walter Lagerwey, professor emeritus of Dutch language, literature and culture at Calvin College, was financed by the Dutch-American Historical Commission with a generous "challenge grant" from the Peter H. and E. Lucille Gaass Kuyper Foundation of Pella, Iowa. Christina Van Regenmorter, a Hope College student assistant at the Van Raalte Institute, served as editorial assistant.
With these long-term commitments nearly completed, I have now turned my attention to the history of Holland, Michigan. I have begun writing a full-length history of the premier Dutch colony, based on voluminous primary sources in the Joint Archives of Holland.