Most Recent Conference (2019)

Dutch Americans/Canadians

and Education

2019 Program

The  twenty-second biennial conference of AADAS was held June 14-15, 2019, at the Prince Conference Center on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1800 East Beltline SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546).

The two-day conference  presented various views of Dutch Americans and education. Around two dozen papers explored topics and themes from multiple disciplines, mostly historical, but also others including geographic, pedagogical, and socio-linguistic.

A Banquet Dinner plus Keynote Address was held on Friday, June 14 . Dr. Robert Schoone-Jongen, professor emeritus of history at Calvin College, delivered our keynote address at the Friday evening banquet. “Bob” Schoone-Jongen has been immersed in both historical scholarship on Dutch America as well as in teaching and education most of his professional life. He’ll brought a richly informed perspective to our topic.

Pre-conference activities options included

  1. Workshop: Finding Your Dutch Ancestors (Doing Genealogy) (Wednesday, June 12 from 1-4:30 pm) Led by two veteran members of AADAS and expert genealogists, Mary Risseeuw and Janet Scheeres, this afternoon workshop was informative and rewarding. 
  2. Field Trip: Dutch-American Sites in Grand Rapids Area (Thursday, June 13 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) The tour guide was Dr. Richard Harms, former archivist of Heritage Hall at Calvin College and professor emeritus of History. Dick Harms is a known expert on this topic and has conducted numerous versions of this tour over the years.
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