An envoy from the Netherlands wants to promote Dutch American heritage.
Local Dutch history expert Jacob Nyenhuis read a letter from the Netherlands consulate to a joint synodical session of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America.
The cultural envoy began work in 2013, focusing on the early colonial Dutch American settlement on the east coast, according to the letter. “Now we are looking for ways in which to support the Dutch heritage beyond New York State . . . [and] where better to look than the rich archives of your churches?”
In late June, three cultural heritage experts from the Netherlands will travel to west Michigan to meet with historians at Calvin College, Hope College, the Holland Museum, and the Joint Archives of Holland, the two synods learned. The experts will share their findings with the Dutch Consulate to plan its shared cultural heritage program.
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