Welcome to the Holland Society
Message from the President
As President I promised to visit as many Branch events of the Holland Society as possible. I have kept my word, travelling to many events these past months. I have had the joy to attend the Rocky Mountain Branch meeting at the residence of Lieutenant Colonel Adrian and Susan Bogart in Colorado Springs, the Mid-West Branch meeting during the Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan and the Old Bergen-Central New Jersey branch meeting with an excellent lecture by one of our Fellows, Dr. Firth Fabend.
During this year’s Annual Meeting and Dinner we introduced a new award for Branch President of the Year. This award is to recognize the importance of the Branches to the Holland Society of New York. This year’s Branch President of the Year is James Van Blarcom from the Virginia and the Carolinas Branch. Thank you “Van” and your wife Leigh for organizing ten years of such engaging Branch events and for setting a good example to other Branches.
The Annual Meeting this year was very much a family event, with at least eleven groupings of fathers, sons and brothers present. It is good to see this event bringing generations together to celebrate our shared heritage. It was also an honor to present LTC Adrian Bogart III with the Distinguished Achievement Medal to a Holland Society Member for Service to Country and to the Holland Society.
The Holland Society has finished updating our communications. You might have noticed more ‘design emails’. Most of the work is invisible to the Members and Friends of the Holland Society. However the new Membership Management System means we will be able to register online for events, pay annual dues online, create an online directory available only to members, and add many other features to our site. In the next few months you will see some major improvements in our communications through social-media, email and more. I trust you will enjoy these improvements.
On Saturday May 23, our replica ship de Halve Maen arrived in Hoorn, the Netherlands for a three year loan to the Westfries Museum in Hoorn. The Dutch media attention has been overwhelming and Andrew Hendricks, Holland Society Member and Founder and Chairman of the New Netherlands Museum has been kind to share this big event with us.
Mark your calendars now for our Annual Banquet at the Union Club honoring Robbert Dijkgraaf, knighted by the Dutch King for his deep space discoveries, and his application of Science to Society. Please reserve Tuesday November 17 on your calendars. This is a great time for a pre-Christmas visit to New York, and have a very enjoyable evening with fellow-members as well.
In late September the Holland Society of New York is visiting the Netherlands to help celebrate as guests of honor with those of the 3 October Society, a date that commemorates the relief of Leiden from the Spanish siege. This visit has been specially organized for us and has an excellent program, including a day of festivities in Leiden. Our list is nearly filled. Act quickly to not miss it!
Robert R. Schenck, MD, President June, 2015
Visit the new Holland Society Merchandise and
Gift Section where you can make selections and
purchase with Paypal.
David W. Voorhees,
editor of de Halve Maen, has been honored with a Knighthood
by HRH Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Click
here for more information and photo
of Dr. Voorhees receiving
New York - Dutch history using a unique opportunity in collaboration
with Google maps and the Henry Hudson 400 Foundation.
more about this
interactive map project . . .
Photo of de Halve Maen by Ted Speigel
Read the President's Spring 2015 Newsletter to members and friends of the Society.
Click here for a list
of Officers and Trustees
of the Society
New Society Project
HSNY announces Genetic Genealogy (DNA) Project. Purpose is to help people discover their ancestral roots as it pertains to the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam.