Welcome to the Holland Society
A Vision for the Holland Society
“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be utilized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work!”
Daniel Burnham—Chicago City Planner/Designer/Architect (1846-1912)
I have a vision for the future Holland Society of New York. I see a Society with more
members and greater financial resources for growth. I see a Society with space to carry out our purposes and to expand ways in which our library and journal can inform and influence the world to the fullest. I also envision a Society with the most advanced technology so that searchers can find us and use our depth of knowledge and resources to find their ancestors.
A healthy organization will inspire and inform our citizenry of the many contributions that the Dutch made throughout our nation’s history in shaping our destiny. We insisted that a Bill of Rights be written, before our nation’s Constitution would be approved by the New York legislature. Just think what our Dutch ancestors’ vision accomplished! Their vision has benefited untold millions of people all over the world because they stood firm.
Let us now stand firm again by identifying our principles and vision, and share them with others. Let our vision result in growth of the Holland Society of New York, both in numbers and purpose. I have a vision that we discover anew our unique heritage. Once we know our heritage better, we can join in the song, “We have a story to tell to the nations!”
We will aim high, and we will accomplish great things. We shall “make no little plans!” I am dedicated, as your seventy-third President of the Holland Society of New York, to “make big plans” to ensure that our visions become realities! Please join me in this endeavor. Help us to “aim high in hope and work” by making this your vision, too!
Robert R Schenck, MD
President of the Holland Society of New York
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 Fall 2014 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.