Support the Zeeland Historical Society

A gift to the Annual Fund supports acid-free storage for the Archive and Collection, programing for children and adults, exhibits, maintenance for both our historic buildings, and staff salaries. All these costs are essential to living out our mission to collect, preserve, and share our local story.


Will you consider making a donation to support “History in Action” in the Zeeland area?


Volunteer as a Greeter/Docent

The Dekker Huis Museum is completely operated by volunteer greeters! Greeters providing a welcoming face to the museum during open hours. 


  • Shifts are 4.5 hours on weekdays and 3.5 hours on Saturdays. 
  • Trained to answer basic questions about the museum and it's exhibits. 
  • Are the face of the museum!

Do you want to learn more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity? We have a Greeter training on November 8! Let Katelyn VerMerris know if you want to join us! (director@zeelandhistory.org or 616-772-4079)

Jim Kaat Exhibit

The Zeeland Historical Society and the Dekker Huis Museum are proud to support our hometown baseball hero, Jim Kaat. In honor of Zeeland native Jim Kaat's induction on July 23 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, we put together an online exhibit highlighting Jim Kaat.


Jim Kaat boasts one of the longest careers in baseball with over 60 consecutive years in the major leagues working as a player, coach, and broadcaster. He had a 27-year pitching career with 25 of those in the major leagues. Kaat had a total of 283 wins, 16 Gold Glove awards, 16 home runs and a World Series Championship win. Kaat has been eligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1989.

Reciprocal Membership with Windmill Island

 We are delighted to offer a reciprocal membership for our members and Windmill Island's. This partnership is for the 2022 season in honor of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Holland and Zeeland. This means that after Tulip Time, Zeeland Historical Society Members will be able to get into Windmill Island for free all summer! Become a member of the Zeeland Historical Society today by visiting our membership page


The Online Catalog

We have been working hard to make our collections available to you. The launch of the Online Collections is an important milestone in becoming a community resource. You can browse by Keyword, Archives, Objects, Photos, Exhibits, and People. You can even look at a random entry to browse the collection! Please take some time to check out this amazing resource. 


The Online Collections are available at: https://zeelandhistory.catalogaccess.com/home

Our Historic Properties:

Dekker Huis Museum

37 East Main Ave, Zeeland, MI

1881 New Groningen Schoolhouse

10537 Paw Paw Dr, Zeeland, MI 

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

EMAIL: info@zeelandhistory.org

PHONE:  (616) 772-4079