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Dutch-American Heritage Day Tonight

Elsa Prince Broekhuizen
Elsa Prince Broekhuizen

HUDSONVILLE, MI (WHTC) - Holland City Hall will be dark tonight, as the scheduled biweekly City Council work-study session has been cancelled.

Perhaps it is to accommodate those members planning to attend tonight’s annual Dutch-American Heritage Day Celebration Dinner at Hudsonville’s Pinnacle Center. The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Swierenga, professor of history at Hope College’s Van Raalte Institute. A scholar of immigration history, he will talk about his new book “Holland, Michigan: From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City.” In addition, community activist Elsa Prince Broekhuizen will be honored for her long-standing philanthropy to the Lakeshore, and the winner of the Dutch Heritage Essay Contest will be announced.

The dinner features traditional Dutch-inspired music, costumes and food, and organizers say that it strives to keep Dutch history and culture alive while celebrating the strong ties between the Netherlands and the US.