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Students from The Netherlands research relationship with Holland, MI

The International Relations commission of Holland formally welcomed three students from The Netherlands last night in City Hall. Daan Treurniet, Marit de Jong and Lodewijck Foorthuis are recent high school graduates visiting to do some research on the connections between their province of Drenthe and the city of Holland. Two years ago they started the website Myplacebook.nl to formally archive the relationship. This is the first time the trio has been to Holland, but they are already making plans to return until their research is finished. So far, they have been looking through archives and working with the Holland Historical Society, but de Jong said they are moving to another technique.

“We are now focusing on the networking, just going to people make them aware of what we are doing make sure that they will look into their family history and family trees,” de Jong said.

De Jong said that they are hoping interviews with residents can fill some holes in the research from the archives.

CEO of the website, Lodewijck Foorthuis said that they plan to create more than just a website with the information they find.

“We are also planning to have a book produced about all of the people from Drenthe with some stories, information and history,” Foorthuis said.

The group plans to visit Hope College this week with the idea of finding a group of students that might be willing to continue researching after they leave.

To get in contact with the team before they leave, call Esther Fifelski from the City of Holland at (616) 355-1490. The team is also available by email at info@myplacebook.nl.

By: Claire Fodell