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Koffie Kletz: Bentheimers in West Michigan

Saturday Nov 9 10:00pm – 11:30pm
Windmill Island Gardens
1 Lincoln Avenue

Many think of Holland as a ‘Dutch town’ despite the fact that early immigrants often saw themselves as Zeelanders, Overiselers, Groningers, or Frisians rather than Dutch. Along with these early provincial settlers were a number of immigrants from the German county of Bentheim, an area adjacent to the Netherlands. Like their Dutch neighbors, these Germans banded together in the like-minded communities of Graafschap and Bentheim before blending into the broader community over subsequent generations. Come learn about their unique story – one that’s often lost in tales of tulips, windmills and wooden shoes. Presenting will be Dr. John Bouws from the Bentheimers International Society.

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 Windmill Island Gardens Annual Members with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.

Free to members, $5 suggested donation

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