2021 Virtual Conference Telling, Sharing, and Preserving Dutch-American Stories

Virtual Conference through Zoom

June 18 & 19, 2021

The AADAS board is pleased that our 23rd biennial conference was held as a virtual conference through Zoom on June 18-19, 2021. The conference featured both recorded sessions and live interactive sessions. The keynote speaker was Dr. George Harinck, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, who specializes in the cultural history of Dutch Protestantism in the 19th and 20th centuries and has published widely on this topic.

The theme of the conference was Telling, Sharing, and Preserving Dutch-American Stories.

All times are EASTERN Daylight TIME

FRIDAY, 18 JUNE 2021

10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. KEYNOTE SPEECH

Chair: Michael Douma

George Harinck: “The Dutch-American Academic Story”

11:15 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. SESSION ONE

Chair: Geoffrey Reynolds

Suzanne Sinke “The Stories We Keep, the Stories We Lose: Tales of an Early 20th Century Dutch-American Migrant to Florida”

Mary Risseeuw “The Forgotten Stories”

12:15 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. LUNCH

1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. SESSION TWO

Chair: Mary Risseeuw

Penny Walters “The Psychology of Searching”

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor “Stories of Transnational Identification”

2:15 P.M. to 3:15 P.M. SESSION THREE

Chair: Suzanne Sinke

Michael Douma “Dutch-Speaking Slaves in New York and New Jersey”

Becky Ganis “Wessel Eldrenkamp and the Surhuisterveen Forty-Six”


Readers Theatre of Orange City’s Most Peculiar Immigrant

Nella Kennedy, Author; Dr. James Schaap, Narrator

University of Utrecht graduate Dr. A.F.H. de Lespinasse came to Orange City in 1874, at the invitation of Henry Hospers. While practicing medicine and selling his homemade “cholera drops,” he also promoted immigration to Sioux County, calling it a “better atmosphere” than any other new colony.


10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. SESSION FOUR

Chair: David Zwart

Stephen Staggs “Instruments of Murder”

Robert Schoone-Jongen “From Nieuwvliet to the North Ward—Abraham Vermeulen and the Building of the Dutch-American Community in the Passaic Valley.”

11:15 A.M to 12:15 P.M. SESSION FIVE

Chair: Michael Swanson

Rhonda Pennings “David Cornel De Jong”

Kent Van Til “A Name for Herself”

12:15 P.M. to 1:00 a P.M. LUNCH

1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. SESSION SIX

Chair: Mary Risseeuw

Lisa Zylstra “Pella Dutch Bakery”

Timothy Nyhof “Father Gerlacus van den Elsen-De Boerenapostel”

2:15 P.M. to 3:15 P.M. SESSION SEVEN

Chair: Geoffrey Reynolds

David Zwart “Shipwrecks, Fires, and Pandemics: Remembering Disaster Among Dutch Americans”

Justin Vos “Johanna Veenstra”

3:15 P.M. Brief ADDAS Business Meeting

The conference was FREE to all members. If you are not yet a member, please join at https://dutch-americans.org/membership/

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