Dutch Heritage in Kent and Ottawa Counties Norma Lewis

ISBN: 9780738560281

Published: August 17th 2009

Paperback

128 pages


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Dutch Heritage in Kent and Ottawa Counties  by  Norma Lewis

Dutch Heritage in Kent and Ottawa Counties by Norma Lewis
August 17th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 128 pages | ISBN: 9780738560281 | 5.29 Mb

On February 9, 1847, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte chose a site on Michigans Black River and founded what became Holland. Motivated in part by a potato famine and crop failures, the settlers also sought religious freedom. Other countrymen followed,MoreOn February 9, 1847, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte chose a site on Michigans Black River and founded what became Holland. Motivated in part by a potato famine and crop failures, the settlers also sought religious freedom. Other countrymen followed, leaving an indelible mark on the character of southwest Michigan.

Jan Douma and Matteus Notier, Union soldiers from Graafschap, guarded the bier of slain president Abraham Lincoln. Newbery Medal-winning childrens author Meindert DeJong came from Grand Rapids, as did Caldecott Medalist Chris Van Allsburg. The legacy includes Hope, Calvin, and Kuyper Colleges, the world-class Fredrik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, the Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum Hospital, DeVos Performance Hall, Van Andel Arena, the DeGraaf Nature Center, Windmill Island, Dutch Village, and Veldheers Tulip Gardens.

The Dutch forefathers passed their values on to their progeny to make the area what it is today.



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