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Make your reservations now for 2011 tour of the Netherlands
September 16, 2010
The Netherlands tour includes a canal cruise through the city of Amsterdam, a tour of the dikes and sluices of Friesland that hold back the North Sea, a visit to De Porceleyne Fles Delftware factory, tours of the Corrie ten Boom and Anne Frank homes and the Rijksmuseum, and side trips into Belgium and Germany.
Hosts and guides for the spring tour of the Netherlands will be Dordt College professors Leendert van Beek and James Calvin Schaap.
Professor van Beek was born and raised in the Netherlands and is a native Dutch speaker. He joined the Foreign Language Department at Dordt in 2000, and every summer since has returned to the Netherlands for a popular three-week summer program for Dordt students, “Dutch Culture and Reformed Worldview.”
Professor Schaap teaches literature and writing at Dordt College and is the author of many novels, short stories, and meditations. This will be his third trip to the Netherlands. On his first trip, he researched the Dutch Resistance story of Diet Eman, which was subsequently published under the title Things We Couldn’t Say, which later was produced into a prize-winning documentary, The Reckoning. Dr. Schaap also taught a three-week writing course in the Netherlands about 10 years ago.
Other highlights of the tour include:
medieval Muiden Castle;
a visit to a cheese farm in the Gouda region, a landscape spotted with immense windmills;
the Het Loo Palace, the restored summer palace of the Dutch Royal family;
the prehistoric passage graves at the National Hunebedden Visitors Center, including mummies in the crypt at a Friesland Dutch Reformed Church;
worship at the English Reformed Church of Begijnhof and a visit to the Roosevelt Academy;
a tour of the Delta Exposition, which demonstrates how the entire system of dikes and dams works;
and a visit to Dordrecht, an important city in the history of the Reformed Churches.