2022 AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour

AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour, April 27- May 10, 2022

The Dutch: Emigration to North America

At the 2017 conference in Fulton, members wanted to give AADAS more visibility, especially in non-conference years. The board appointed a committee to look at the feasibility of organizing a trip to the Netherlands. It recommended an emigration and ancestry tour, a relatively empty niche in Dutch tourism, despite the growing interest in the subject. The board approved the idea and appointed Henk Aay and Mary Risseeuw to organize the tour. Witte travel in Grand Rapids will handle the group flight, land transportation, and hotels and will soon produce a brochure for the tour from the text that Mary and Henk will write. The tour group will stay in just two hotels, one in the east in Zwolle, and one in the southwest, in Dordrecht. We are arranging conversations over lunch with people from the areas we are visiting who have relatives/friends overseas. We are trying hard to keep the price around $4500 per person (including air and ground transportation, accommodations, tour guides, daily breakfasts, five lunches and several group dinners, but not including personal travel and other meals).

Here is a tentative itinerary for the tour, April 27- May 9, 2022.

Day 1           Departure: Chicago to A’dam

Day 2           A’dam to Open Air Museum, Arnhem (guide) then to hotel in Zwolle; group supper

Day 3            Friesland tour (guide, Dr. Annemieke Galema); Start in Leeuwarden (talk), tour coastal municipalities; lunch: Zwarte Haan (guests)

Day 4            Groningen tour through Hogeland (guide from University of Groningen) with possible stops in Warfum’s open air museum (guide); Verhildersum (lunch, guests), and Ulrum (Secession site)

Day 5            Open Day

Day 6            Achterhoek, Gelderland Tour (Winterswijk, etc., guides); Lunch (guests); dodenherdenking

Day 7           Open Day, Liberation Day-public holiday

Day 8           Catholic Migration from Noord Brabant led by Dr. Hans Krabbendam; start in Nijmegen, Catholic Archive (talk); lunch in Uden (guests); then to second hotel in Dordrecht

Day 9           The Hague: National Archive; Lunch; Antwerp: Red Star Line Museum (guide)

Day 10         Rotterdam: Maritiem Museum (guide); Lunch; Holland America Line Quay

Day 11          Zeeuws Vlaanderen (guides, lunch/guests); tour and visit a number of villages (e.g. Oostburg, Terneuzen, Cadzand, etc.); possible return via Walcheren

Day 12            Open Day; Group Supper

Day 13            Return: A’dam to Chicago

Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Contact Mary Risseeuw with Questions and to Sign-Up (mrisseeuw@yahoo.com),


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