The Zeeland Historical Society actively collects items made or used in Zeeland and its neighboring communities (New Groningen, Borculo, Overisel, Beaverdam, Drenthe, Vriesland, and Noordeloos); items associated with a person, place, or event in Zeeland or the surrounding area; or, to a limited extent, items typical or representative of objects made or used in Zeeland or the surrounding area. As a steward of these items, the Zeeland Historical Society uses our collections and archives to promote, interpret, research, and preserve our local history.

Online Collections

The Zeeland Historical Society is home to over 20,000 objects and archival records. You can access our digitized collections from anywhere in our Online Catalog. Over 8,000 items have recently been added to our online catalog as a tool for researchers and curious minds alike. You can browse by Keyword, Archives, Objects, and Photos. You can even look at a random entry to browse the collection! Visit the Exhibits tab to see what online and temporary exhibits are being offered. Please take some time to check out this amazing resource. 


The Online Collections are available at:


Visit our Research Room


Our library and archives are free and open to the public! To see what collections are available, visit


We require all researchers to make an appointment. Please contact our Curator Audrey Rojo at or call 616-772-4079x3. 


Hours and Directions

Research Requests

ZHS offers a number of resources for patrons to conduct their own research including our Online Collections and Archives (information below).


If you have a research request, please submit the form below: