2023 Conference at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL: Who is Dutch in North America?

2023 Conference Registration

The Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies will be hosting its 24th bi-annual conference on June 29 – July 1, 2023 at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

Preliminary Schedule for the 2023 Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies

“Who is Dutch in North America”

June 29 – July 1, 2023

Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights, IL 60463

Martin and Janet Ozinga Chapel Grand Lobby

Thursday, June 29:

Bus Tour (optional and extra). Dutch American sites in Greater Chicagoland.

Friday, June 30:

Breakfast 7:30 -8:30

Session 1:  8:30 – 10:00 Migration Shapes Identity

Paul Heusinkveld: Why the Dutch Immigrated to North America

Jan Boersema and Anthonia Boersema-Bremmer:  Fighting the Wilderness as part of a Christian Identity

George Harinck:  This is Dutch in North America: The Netherlands Reformed Church and the Tercentenary of the RCA in 1928

Session 2: 10:30 – 12:00  Patterns in 19th Century Identity

Mary Risseeuw: Assimilation and Dutchness: Catholics vs. Protestants

Kenneth Kolk: The Forgotten Dutch Company in Michigan’s 25th Volunteer Civil War Infantry Regiment

Janet Sheeres: The First Dutch Female Saints to Zion, 1853-1869

Lunch and AADAS Business Meeting: 12:00 – 2:00

Session 3: 2:00 – 3:30 Family Identity

Bill Kennedy: Dutch Blood?  The Increasing Popularity of the Hunt for Dutch and Other Ancestors 

Mark Vander Werf: A Microhistory of Oebele and Janneke van der Werf

Chris Dickon, Neither Here nor There: The Dutch American Story of Huub Schepers

Session 4: Trinity College 4:00 – 5:30

              Speech by Bart Twaalfhoven, Consul General for Chicago, Kingdom of the Netherlands

              (4:00 to 4:45)

Dinner and Keynote (Robert Swierenga) : 6:00

Saturday, July 1:

Breakfast: 7:30-8:30

Session 4:  Health and Environment 8:30- 10:00

Robert Schoone-Jongen: Climbing Goffle Hill: New Jersey’s Dutch Immigrants and the Founding of the Christian Sanitorium, 1911-1940.

Suzanne Sinke – Moving for Health: Dutch Americans and internal US migrations related to health and wellness

Huug van den Dool: The Weather Near Holland, Michigan, 1838-1850

Session 5:  20th and 21st Century Identity 10:30 – 12:30

Rhonda Pennings: Identity in Tulip Festivals

Justin Vos: The Relationship between Dutch American and Dutch Canadians

Rachyl Hietpas and Charlotte Vanhecke: “No one else is here”: The Effect of Community on Dutch-Americans Linguistic and Cultural Ideologies

Michael Douma: The (re)discovered Manuscript of Ray Nies and the Importance of Publishing Primary Sources

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00

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