Dutch-American Heritage Museum announces 2021 Nights at the Museum schedule

The Dutch American Heritage Museum recently announced their 2021 “Nights at the Museum” schedule.

The “Nights at the Museum” events, held throughout the summer and fall, feature a guest speaker sharing a topic of regional historical interest. Past talks have included Dutch costumes, settling Sioux County, and World War I in Orange City and France.

All presentations will be held at the museum; however, seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to visit the Dutch-American Heritage Museum’s Facebook page for health and safety measures prior to presentations.

The 2021 schedule includes:

Tuesday June 22 | 6:30pm | Readers Theatre of Orange City’s Most Peculiar Immigrant

Nella Kennedy, Author; Dr. James Schaap, Narrator

University of Utrecht graduate Dr. A.F.H. de Lespinasse came to Orange City in 1874, at the invitation of Henry Hospers. While practicing medicine and selling his homemade “cholera drops,” he also promoted immigration to Sioux County, calling it a “better atmosphere” than any other new colony.

Tuesday July 20 | 6:30pm | The Voices of Native American Women

Nancy Gillis

In a series of readings, interspersed with background material, this presentation explores the way Native women have spoken out in political, social and spiritual settings in humor, pathos, anger and celebration, passing their legacy to the next generation.

Speaker sponsored by: Brad’s Breads

Tuesday August 17 | 6:30pm | Well-Behaved Women Should Make History 

Sara Huyser & Dr. Rebecca Koerselman

In Sioux County, we celebrate manners and mischief. Meet respectable tavern owner Mother Mouw and the reputable wives in the iconic 25th Jubilee photo: Mrs. Pelmulder, Mrs. Muilenburg, Mrs. Sipma, and Mrs. Vander Waa.

Tuesday September 21 | 6:30pm | Tulips on Parade

Bill Kalsbeek

This interactive program will tour through events leading up to Orange City’s first Tulip Festival in 1936 and continue through festivals in the late 1930s and ’40s.

Tuesday October 19  | 6:30pm | Orange City Illustrated

Doug Anderson & Greta Grond

Journey through Orange City’s photographic history to remember what’s gone, notice what’s changed, and treasure what’s remained the same.