Welcome to the Holland Society
President’s Report - March 2015
The great thing about our Society is that our members are scattered across the country—from Florida to Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, and Illinois Your president has enjoyed going to branch meetings. But in the winter, it is harder to travel and to enjoy warmth in every area.
The warmth is felt in our hearts as we fellowship together. Our goal is to report what is going on in the Holland Society of New York and share the good news that we are renewing our resolve to not only preserve our heritage but to share it with potential new members as well as with those who have been stalwarts for years.
For nine months a special Strategic Thinking Committee, with about 50% of the Board represented, has wrestled with finding out anew who we are and what our mission is. In other words, how do we answer someone who qualifies to be a member and who asks, “Why should I become a member of the Holland Society?”
What is the purpose of the Holland Society? We can answer: “Our purpose is to preserve and express the notable heritage of Dutch Colonial History in America.”
We point with pride to the contributions of the Dutch in the formative, early years of our republic and what our values have contributed to our culture.
But are there other benefits of membership in the Holland Society of New York? The answer is “YES!”
Membership provides social opportunities, such as networking at national and regional gatherings, receptions, and dinners.
Membership provides education through our scholarly journal de Halve Maen, reference articles, and books.
Membership allows us to enjoy preservation of valuable books and artifacts.
Members who have excelled can receive recognition with the medal for distinguished achievement.
Some members’ children can receive a scholarship to selected universities.
And members can join together for travel to the Netherlands for cultural exchange. More information about the next exciting visit will be provided to you soon.
Interwoven into all of these advantages is the knowledge that one’s ancestors can be traced directly back to the Dutch Colonial Period prior to 1676. Every school child should know about Henry Hudson, the founding of Nieuw Amsterdam, and the beginning of settlement of Europeans on this continent.
As members of the Holland Society of New York, we can say our Dutch ancestors joined in the formation of our nation that exists today! If you have a relative who qualifies for membership, please refer him to us, so we can assist. Thank you.
Robert R. Schenck, MD, President March, 2015
Visit the new Holland Society Merchandise and
Gift Section where you can make selections and
purchase with Paypal.
David W. Voorhees,
editor of de Halve Maen, has been honored with a Knighthood
by HRH Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Click
here for more information and photo
of Dr. Voorhees receiving
New York - Dutch history using a unique opportunity in collaboration
with Google maps and the Henry Hudson 400 Foundation.
more about this
interactive map project . . .
Photo of de Halve Maen by Ted Speigel
Read the President's Winter 2015 Newsletter to members and friends of the Society.
Click here for a list
of Officers and Trustees
of the Society
New Society Project
HSNY announces Genetic Genealogy (DNA) Project. Purpose is to help people discover their ancestral roots as it pertains to the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam.