Leave a Legacy

When community members donate their records or possessions to the Zeeland Historical Society, we know they want them to be preserved and shared into the infinite future. That is why the Zeeland Historical Society is making an investment into the longevity of our organization. We are excited to launch the Vande Luyster Legacy League, a planned giving society for those who choose to include the Zeeland Historical Society in their estate plan.


Any estate gift we receive will be put into the Zeeland Historical Society Endowment Fund at the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation. When you include the Zeeland Historical Society in your estate plan, you are ensuring that Zeeland’s history lives on so future generations know our community’s story and origins.  


You are also investing in the future of Zeeland. Studies show that towns with historical societies not only add cultural value, but also economic. The preservation of historic structures, the growth of heritage tourism, and the impact of community programs all provide economic benefits. The Zeeland Historical Society Archive is also the only institution with the mission of preserving important documents and items from the community, serving the important role of ensuring these things live into the indefinite future.


Do you have the Zeeland Historical Society in your estate plan? Please let us know so we can add your name to the Vande Luyster Legacy League and properly recognize your commitment. As a member of the league, you will also receive exclusive invitation to events, special communications, and will be recognized for your commitment through the Zeeland Historical Society’s events and communications. If you have not included us, please consider the Zeeland Historical Society when you are doing your estate plan. Contact Katelyn VerMerris at director@zeelandhistory.org or (616)772-4079 for more information.


You can begin by talking with an attorney, an accountant or other financial advisor.

The Zeeland Historical Society is a 501(c)3 organization and your gift may be tax deductible.