Saturday, May 2, 2015

Dutch in Michigan

It's Tulip Time every year in May. It is a gay , festive occasion with Dutch costumed children, folk dances of the Netherlands, and tulips everywhere.

On February 9, 1847, The Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and a band of Hollanders founded the city of Holland. Within two years, the other four original colonies - Graafschap, Zeeland, Vriesland, Overisel - had also been established. Plagued by illness and not accustomed to the task of clearing a wilderness, the settlers found their first year a hard one, but their suffering was to be repaid in the bountiful days ahead.

postmarked 1969

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