** PRESERVING OUR PAST FOR THE FUTURE **

Dekker Huis / Zeeland Historical Museum

37 East Main Ave, Zeeland, MI - (616) 772-4079

New Groningen Schoolhouse

10537 Paw Paw Dr, Zeeland, MI -  (616) 772-4079


MAILING ADDRESS: Zeeland Historical Society | PO Box 165 | Zeeland, MI 49464 


A N N O U N C E M E N T S


 

We are very sorry that you cannot visit the Dekker-Huis/Zeeland Museum at this time. 

 

However, we, at the Zeeland Historical Society, would like to suggest some history-related ideas that you might like to explore. ENJOY! 


             ~ WHAT'S NEW IN 2020 ~

 

We now have TWO fun activities for you to check out ! 

 

              1)  Historical Self-Guided Walking Tour 

              2)  "I SPY" at the Zeeland Cemetery

 

 To see both, click What's New! 

 


                   ~ ROOM-BY-ROOM ~

 

Take a virtual tour of our museum. See details about our rooms and the treasures that are on display in each one.

 

In addition, you will find a video of our second floor, which was produced in 2018 by Zeeland High School students, Wyatt Boetsma and Nate Aukema. 


                    ~ HERITAGE HOMES ~

 

Currently, there are over 50 homes and businesses that proudly display Heritage Home Plaques.

 

 

Interested in learning more? Contact Sharon or Audrey.


                            ~ FAMILY HISTORY ~

 

Ever thought about searching for information about your ancestors? You can start here by contacting Megan.

  

 

<-- Corneluis Overweg and Leona Kragt wedding picture. Her wedding dress is stored at the Zeeland Historical Museum.


                     ~ MICHIGAN'S MUSEUMS ~

 

Explore museums in Michigan 

 

 

<-- Michigan History Museum in Lansing, Michigan 


              ~ MICHIGAN'S COVERED BRIDGES ~

 

Check out Michigan's covered bridges

 

 

<-- Fallasburg Bridge, north of Lowell


   ~ MICHIGAN'S HISTORIC BRIDGES IN KENT COUNTY ~

 

Learn more about Kent County's historic bridges

 

 

<-- Pine Island Drive Bridge, which was built in 1924 by Peter Brill of Zeeland, Michigan.  For more, see Pine Island Drive Bridge


~ MICHIGAN'S HISTORIC BRIDGES IN OTTAWA COUNTY ~

 

See Ottawa County's historic bridges

 

 

<-- Coopersville and Marne Railroad Overpass


                                      ~ LIFE DURING A PANDEMIC ~

 

Keep a record or journal (either written, recorded or photographed) of what you are doing during the 2020 pandemic. Think of your children, your grandchildren, your friends down the road, who will ask you what was it like during that pandemic.

 

When you think about the individual in this pandemic, write about yourself, your family, your friends and loved ones, your church, the schools, and your community. 

 

When you think about society, think about parts of it: death, disease, Wuhan province, the Chinese government, medical systems, Italy, the stock market, shaking hands, online classes, isolation, rich people and poor, social distancing, acts of kindness, volunteerism, public events, the market, vulnerabilities, hoarding, hospitals, politicians, health insurance, selfishness, fear, sick leave, economic policies, individualism, cooperation, competition, solidarity … and more.

 

To share your journal with the Zeeland Historical Society, contact Debbie.

 

 

Source: ‘WRITE IT DOWN’: HISTORIAN SUGGESTS KEEPING A RECORD OF LIFE DURING PANDEMIC