Monday, March 19, will be the spring opening day for the Pella Historical Village & Vermeer Mill. The Village is beginning its 46th year with the Vermeer Mill Interpretive Center complex celebrating 10 years.
Winter months have been spent cleaning buildings and exhibits as well as checking inventories of collections.
Lois Smith and Sallie De Reus have worked weekly in the archives, assisted by two Central interns, filing and organizing newspapers, photos and obituaries.
Scholte House Museum will also reopen on March 19. During the winter structural repair was done on roof rafters by Wayne Stienstra in preparation for a new roof later this year.
A Central College intern has worked with Beverly Graves cataloguing the books in Dominie Scholte’s library.
Ellie Gosselink has been working on plans for a Civil War Exhibit to open at Scholte House in mid-September.
Restoration is in progress on the back wooden half of the Van Spanckeren Store building. The meat market and cheese displays are in storage with plans to rearrange and relocate them back in their former space in April. The restoration involves replacing the tin roof and wooden ceiling while reinforcing the brick wall and installing new windows to recreate the south upstairs room. Dennis Langstraat and Engle Vander Veer have assisted carpenter Mike De Wild and brick mason Fred Vander Heiden with this project. Dutch Mill supply will do the metal roof.
Our fourth Central College intern has helped Bonnie Verburg by putting the gift shop inventory on computer. The interns were made possible through a Pella Community Foundation grant.
President Mike Morgan and Past President Jeff Bollard are organizing a membership drive. They will be assisted by members of the Historical Society Board of Directors.
The Historical Society depends on memberships, donations and museum admission fees to maintain its buildings and properties and to support special events. Tulip Time, Kermis, Dutch Day Camp, Fall Festival, Christmas Walk and Sinterklaas are all sponsored and created by Pella Historical Society. Memberships and volunteers are a big part of making this all happen.
Historical Village is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with last tour beginning in the Vermeer Mill at 4:00 p.m. Scholte House Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.