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When I joined the Institute as the A. C. Van Raalte Senior Research Fellow on 1 September 2001, the copy editing of my magnum opus, Myth and the Creative Process: Michael Ayrton and the Myth of Daedalus, the Maze Maker, was just being completed. I therefore devoted my first several months at the Institute to reviewing the edited manuscript, obtaining permissions, and the acquisition of the last few photographs for the book. Page proofs arrived at the end of July 2002, so I spent August correcting proofs and completing the index. Wayne State University Press plans to release the book in late December or early January. On 13 January 2003, the DePree Gallery at Hope College will open a show of the work of Michael Ayrton in honor of the publication of Myth and the Creative Process.
At the same time that I was finishing the above project, I was also busy with research and writing of the history of my home church, the first English-speaking Christian Reformed Church in Holland. The 187-page Centennial History of the Fourteenth Street Christian Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan, 1902-2002 was published in June 2002 in time for distribution to members at the church’s Centennial Celebration Dinner at Haworth Inn at Hope College on 15 June. In addition to an historical overview, the book includes a chronicle of the life of the congregation, with dated entries drawn from consistory minutes, archival files, and newspaper clippings. The appendices also provide a great deal of valuable information, listing both the charter members and the current members of the congregation, as well as all the people who served as either paid or volunteer staff.
In December 2001, I temporarily assumed some of my former duties as provost, serving as chair of the faculty Status Committee for the evaluation of candidates for tenure and promotion. During the remainder of the year I assisted a team of faculty and administrators preparing a major grant proposal for the college. A year ago, I was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of Calvin Theological Seminary, representing Classes Holland and Zeeland. I have also succeeded Dr. Bruins as a member of the Dutch-American Historical Commission.