Current Conference & Registration

Dutch Americans/Canadians

and Education

2019 Conference Registration Form

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2019 Conference Online Registration

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Preliminary Program


The  twenty-second biennial conference of AADAS will be 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  present various views of Dutch Americans and education. Around two dozen papers will explore topics and themes from multiple disciplines, mostly historical, but also others including geographic, pedagogical, and socio-linguistic. To whet your appetite on conference-paper topics: we’ll hear about Dutch Americans in education in various regions, from Iowa to Michigan, to Ontario, to Illinois, to New Netherland, and to New Mexico. We’ll hear of challenges and opportunities that Dutch-American enclaves with their schools faced, and we’ll also learn about gender issues, with a number of papers looking at women’s roles in the educational endeavor. Other papers will look Dutch-American history, both within an educational framework, but also in public discourse––especially today as someone of Dutch-American ancestry occupies the highest post in the U.S. Department of Education.

Registration includes an evening welcome reception on Thursday, June 13, refreshments throughout the conference, and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. Members pay a discounted registration fee. Single day registration is also available.

A Banquet Dinner plus Keynote Address will be held on Friday, June 14 (not included in the registration fee). Dr. Robert Schoone-Jongen, professor emeritus of history at Calvin College, will be delivering 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’s spent a good many years working with Calvin College’s Education Department, supervising student teachers and helping to shape new generations of instructors. He’ll bring a richly informed perspective to our topic.

Pre-conference activities options include

  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 will be informative and rewarding. Seating is limited, so don’t delay.
  2. Field Trip: Dutch-American Sites in Grand Rapids Area (Thursday, June 13 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) This includes a boxed lunch. An optional boxed dinner is also available. The tour guide will be 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. Seating on the air-conditioned coach is limited, so don’t delay in signing up.

Registration questions can be addressed to local organizer Prof. Herm De Vries, at


Lodging accommodations should be made on your own, independent from the conference registration.

We have a conference rate at the Prince Conference Center (address above). $135 per night (Double Queen or King Room) includes breakfast. Check in 3 p.m., check out 12 noon. Reserve by phone 1.866.526.7200 (mention AADAS Conference); or on-line: (enter rate code AADAS19). Rooms will be held, and conference rate will apply only until May 14.

Shuttle from Airport

For guests of the Prince Conference Center (PCC), shuttle service to and from the Gerald R. Ford Airport is available between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.  Please provide the PCC ahead of time with your airline, flight number, and arrival and departure times. Call 1.866.526.7200 (mention AADAS Conference).

There is also a block of suites available in one of the dormitories on the Calvin College campus (12-minute walk to the conference venue). These arrangements must be made through the Department of Germanic and Asian Languages, and the rooms are available first come, first served. Price is per suite, per night. Therefore, single, private bathroom = $53 (per person); single, shared bathroom = $31 p.p.; double, shared bathroom = $22 p.p. Breakfast is NOT included. If interested in this option, please email (please put “AADAS19 dorm option” in subject line).

There are also numerous hotels within a short driving distance from campus.

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