2020 AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour

AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour, Monday, April 29-Monday, May 12, 2020

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, Monday, April 29- Monday, May 12, 2020.

Wednesday, April 29   Departure: Chicago to A’dam

Thursday, April 30        A’dam to Open Air Museum, Arnhem (guide) then to hotel in Zwolle; group supper

Friday, May 1                 Friesland tour (guide, Dr. Annemieke Galema); Start in Leeuwarden (talk), tour coastal municipalities; lunch: Zwarte Haan (guests)

Saturday, May 2            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)

Sunday, May 3               Open Day

Monday, May 4             Achterhoek, Gelderland Tour (Winterswijk, etc., guides); Lunch (guests); dodenherdenking

Tuesday, May 5             Open Day, Liberation Day-public holiday

Wednesday, May 6      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

Thursday, May 7           The Hague: National Archive; Lunch; Antwerp: Red Star Line Museum (guide)

Friday, May 8                 Rotterdam: Maritiem Museum (guide); Lunch; Holland America Line Quay

Saturday, May 9            Zeeuws Vlaanderen (guides, lunch/guests); tour and visit a number of villages (e.g. Oostburg, Terneuzen, Cadzand, etc.); possible return via Walcheren

Sunday, May 11            Open Day; Group Supper

Monday, May 12          Return: A’dam to Chicago

Tuesday, May 13          Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Wednesday, May 14    Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

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












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