– Dr. Peter Ester, who is a social scientist and professor at
The public is invited. Admission is free.
is speaking at locations across the United States through the 2013
Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) Lecture Tour. His visit to
Ester is the author of “Faith, Family & Fortune. Reformed Upbringing and Calvinist Values of Highly Successful Dutch-American Entrepreneurs,” published by the A.C. Van Raalte Institute’s Van Raalte Press in 2012. He was an adjunct research professor at the institute from 2008 to 2011, while conducting research for the book.
the first part of his presentation, Ester will consider the cultural roots of
the success of the Dutch-American entrepreneurs who founded companies such as
Amway, Herman Miller, Meijer and Prince Manufacturing, with an emphasis on the
relationship between immigration, culture, religion and entrepreneurship. He will subsequently comment on recent
political developments in the
Ester has published numerous books and scholarly articles on social and economic issues and on Dutch-American culture. As a senator, he is a member of the Upper House of the Dutch parliament. He is also a former Crown Member of the Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER).
to his visit to Holland, Ester will have spoken at the Consulate General of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York City.
Following his appearance in West Michigan, he will continue the tour in
The Netherland-America Foundation, which is based in New York City, seeks to strengthen the bonds of friendship and appreciation between the two nations through exchange in the arts, culture, education, business and policy-making. The foundation’s mission is supported by donations from individual and corporate donors to provide grants for dance, chamber music, jazz, historic preservation and architecture, visiting professorships and educational exchange.
in 1994, the A.C. Van Raalte Institute is located in the Theil Research Center
on the Hope College campus and specializes in scholarly research and writing on
immigration and the contributions of the Dutch and their descendants in the
United States. The institute is also
dedicated to the study of the history of all the people who have comprised the
The Dutch Heritage Coordinating Council seeks to provide a forum to further the preservation and promotion of Dutch heritage in the Greater Holland/Zeeland Area. The council was established in 2009 by the Holland Historic Trust, Joint Archives of Holland, Tulip Time Festival, Van Raalte Institute and Zeeland Historical Society.
City Hall is located at 270 S. River Ave., on