Arts & Letters (Hope College, Holland Michigan, 2007)

ROBERT P. SWIERENGA, JACOB E. NYENHUIS, AND NELLA KENNEDY, EDS. DUTCH-AMERICAN ARTS AND LETTERS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. HOLLAND, MI: VAN RAALTE PRESS, 2008.

Dutch-American Arts and Letters coverPapers from the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies (AADAS), Holland, Michigan, June 2007. This conference was devoted to the exploration of the arts in the formation of a Dutch American subculture.

The result of “this colorful palette of essays” (as Hans Krabbendam says in his introduction to the book) shows that “Although developing the arts was not a priority of the pioneers, they did develop, thanks to a well-developed network of communication” and were important in the “process of selecting and preserving elements of the past for future use in shaping cultural and ethnic identities on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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