“The Immigration and Early History of the People of Zeeland, Ottawa County, Michigan in 1847”, by Anna Kremer Keppel, was published in 1925 and has been out of print for years. A single battered copy of this short, well-written book recently appeared, and new copies have been printed.
The reprinted books are available on Wednesday, October 14, at the Zeeland Museum, 37 E. Main Avenue for $5.00 to benefit the Zeeland Historical Society. Hours at the museum are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 to 5 and Saturday, 10 until 2.
Anna Kremer Keppel spent her early years in Zeeland, one of the daughters of Rev. and Mrs. John Kremer, pastor of First Reformed Church from 1883 until 1892.
Well-educated as a teacher, Anna became interested in the turbulent history of the Netherlands and the background for the migration to America, especially after she married Dr. Herbert Keppel, a son of a prominent Zeeland family.
He died of Spanish Flu ten months after their marriage. In 1925, few women were published history writers, and Anna’s work placed her in that special group of women.