The theme of the conference was Dutch (North) Americans, Agriculture and Rural Life, Past and Present. The conference especially focused on Dutch immigration into the Midwest during the 19th century, farming and rural life when agriculture the mainstay of the settlers’ life. The contributions of Dutch (North) Americans to agriculture have continued to this day.
The conference included papers about Dutch (North) Americans and agriculture through a wide lens, both through time and by topic. Topics ranged from rural life, rural settlement, rural economy, rural villages and institutions, and country churches to more specialized agriculture such as horticulture, dairying, truck/market gardening, fruit growing, nurseries and greenhouses and, finally, to agricultural processing industries and farm equipment.