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.

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, we are happy to help you but we may charge for our services at a rate of $25 an hour. We will give you an estimate at the time of your request. Please email all requests to 


We will not provide any appraisals as this is against our policy. 

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 7,000 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:


Library and Archives

We have more resources available onsite in our archives. The archives is open and free to the public, but we do ask that if you need assistance, please make an appointment. For any research inquiries regarding the collections and archives, or to make an appointment, contact our curator Audrey Rojo. Call 616-772-4079 or email

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