DIS E-News: Annual Meeting October 23, Dutch-American Heritage Day November 21, Windmill Island Gardens Koffie Kletz and more.

REMINDER – DIS Annual Meeting – Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM
Henk Aay Speaking on the Atlas of Dutch North America

On Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM the DIS will hold its first Annual Meeting under our new bylaws on the campus of Calvin College in North Hall, which is part of the Science Building, room 078. We are pleased to welcome Henk Aay, A.C. Van Raalte Institute Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emeritus at Calvin College, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Aay will discuss his upcoming Atlas of Dutch North America that delves into the places where Dutch settled in the US. His talk will also include a question and answer period. In addition, President Matt Helmus, Executive Director Larry Wagenaar and other members of the DIS Board of Trustees will discuss upcoming events and plans. Refreshments will be served.

Dutch-American Heritage Day – Thursday, November 21
Hudsonville Pinnacle Center

Come celebrate the proud history of Dutch-American influence in West Michigan with a wonderful, traditional Dutch dinner, fun and festivities for all. The special guest speaker will be Jared Veldheer. Jared is a West Michigan native and graduate of Forest Hills Northern and Hillsdale College. He retired from the NFL in 2019 after playing for the Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. The annual Dutch-American Heritage Day Honoree is John Karsten. John emigrated to the United States in 1957 following his future wife, Wieda. He retired in May after serving as the Town Crier of Holland, Michigan for 40 years.  For more information visit

Holland Museum’s Dutch Galleries

Have you visited the Holland Museum recently?  Originally the Netherlands Museum, the facility has been a recipient of impressive gifts of Dutch culture from donors from western Michigan and around the world for the last three-quarters of a century. While many of these gifts were on display, many others languished in storage for lack of gallery space. The Dutch Galleries were created to celebrate each of these artifacts. Today, the galleries demonstrate how Dutch heritage has contributed so much to the community’s sense of identity and its success. They invite you to learn from the past and help shape the future with your own inspiration as you walk the galleries.  You can learn more and their hours at

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Prints Exclusive Prints Still Available

A selection of four prints by the late artist Stoffel Overvoorde, depicting various phases of Dutch immigration to America, are available for $50 each or the full set for only $180 plus $8 shipping! The prints are described in the attached insert order form. Purchasing one or more of these prints would be a wonderful addition to any home or office and will support the work of the new DIS board as we move the Society forward. Supplies are limited.  To print an order form click here.

Windmill  Island Gardens to Host Koffie Kletz – November 9 & 10

We’ll also be hosting a Koffie Kletz on Saturday, Nov 9 at 10 A.M. about ‘Germans Among Us’ – the history of Bentheimers in West Michigan. We’ll have Dr. John Bouws, from the Bentheimers International Society. For more info visit

For more information on the Dutch International Society, join or renew your membership visit us on-line at

Larry J. Wagenaar, Executive Director
Dutch International Society
P.O. Box 7062
Grand Rapids, MI 49510
DIS Phone: (616) 202-2756