School Bell Series

The School Bell Series features local speakers, local stories. It is an opportunity to learn about our community together. The School Bell Series happens every other month, usually on the second week of the month. 


2023 School Bell Series

Date Time Topic Location


January 24


 School Bell Series:


"Pack up your Quarrels and take them to America"

Linda Kolk

New Groningen Schoolhouse
Tuesday March 14



School Bell Series:

"Windmill Island Gardens: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow"

Matt Helmus

New Groningen Schoolhouse


Tuesday, April 11

School Bell Series:
"Borculo History"

Robert Essenburg

New Groningen Schoolhouse

Tuesday, May 16


School Bell Series:
"Tales from a Dutch Immigrant"
Ted Zondervan

New Groningen Schoolhouse

Past School  Bell Series



January 24, 2023
"Pack up your Quarrels and take them to America"

Linda Kolk


Linda Kolk School Bell Series Presentation
schoolbell Quarrels revised 3.pptx.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 8.0 MB


November 13, 2022

"History of Sewing," Janna Buttimer



"Life in the Civil War in Michigan"

We had a wonderful School Bell Series on March 11 on what it was like for people during the Civil War. Carl and Cherrie Weener have been re-enactors for over 14 years and know many details about the experience of life during the war. They shared many of their artifacts with us and described them. 

Thank you to the Weeners for sharing their knowledge and to all who attended!


January 13, 2022
"1951 Political Brawl at Zeeland's First Church", by: Bob Swierenga


October 14th 2021

"The Splendor of Faith: The Renovation of the Organ at Second Reformed" by Gordon Bruns


August 12th 2021

"World War I at Home and Oversees" by Katelyn Bosch VerMerris

June 10th 2021

"Uncovering History: The Colonial Clock Building" by Michelle Hoogewind

Jun 10, 2021

Uncovering History: The Colonial Clock Building

PRESENTER: Michelle Hoogewind

Mar 13, 2020

Law and Order, Zeeland Style

PRESENTERS: Bill Gruppen (Fire Chief), Larry Veldeer (Police Chief) and Les Hoogland (Mayor)

Dec 15, 2019

A Civil War Christmas: The Dutch Company of the 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry in 1862


Nov 8, 2019

Zeeland Memories

PRESENTER: Dorothy Voss

Oct 11, 2019

Come Back to School: Experience a 1900s Schoolhouse

PRESENTER: Robert Boehm

Sep 13, 2019

Paul de Kruif - Zeeland's Literary Pioneer

PRESENTER: Linda Karsten Kolk

Jun 14, 2019

Designed for Summer: Herman Miller Picnic Posters

PRESENTER: Audrey Rojo

May 10, 2019

Fill-er Up, the History of Zeeland's Service Stations

PRESENTER: Jack Van Eden

Apr 12, 2019

From Logs to Pipes: Zeeland's Clean Water Treatment Plant

PRESENTER: Doug Englesman