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Koffie Kletz at Windmill Island Gardens: The Story Behind a Safe

Saturday Jan 21 10:00am – 11:00am
Windmill Island Gardens
1 Lincoln Avenue

The Story Behind a Safe

Many of the objects around us have fascinating stories to tell. While most folks are familiar with the story of Holland’s de Zwaan windmill, many of our other artifacts have their own captivating histories. One of these which we hide behind-the-scenes is a century-old safe. The safe was once owned by Jakob Otto Doesburg, an early inhabitant of the Holland kolonie. After immigrating, Mr. Doesburg lived an interesting life as a soldier, druggist, Mason and printer. (It was his family’s newspaper that labelled Dominie vanRaalte a “pope”, nearly causing him to leave Holland!) Come learn more about the intriguing Mr. Doesburg and his safe on January 21 at 10am.

Koffie Kletz at Windmill Island Gardens is a series of casual Saturday morning gatherings where community members learn about topics relevant to Dutch culture, Holland culture and Windmill Island Gardens. Each Kletz will feature a presentation and discussion time over coffee. These events are free to Friends of Windmill Island Gardens with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.

Please let us know you’re coming by signing up at Eventbrite or by calling 616-355-1030.


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