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Book Club - The Clean Daughter

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, March 16 | 12:00 noon

Scholte Garden Room


The Clean Daughter tells the true story of Jill Kandel, a North Dakota native who marries a Dutch man and has problems adjusting to the Dutch lifestyle, especially her overbearing father-in-law. This becomes more troubling when her father-in-law decides to avail himself of the Netherlands' euthanasia laws. (In case you're wondering about the title, the word for "daughter-in-law" in Dutch is "schoondochter" or "clean daughter.")


We have several copies at Pella Historical. Because the Museums are closed for the winter, please call 641-628-1541 to set up a time to pick up the book, or email

Speaker - Dr. Keith Fynaardt

Thursday, March 16 | 7:00 PM

Pella Opera House

Free for members

$10 for non-members (cash at the door)


In a little-known piece of local history, the Dutch who lived in the areas of Peoria, New Sharon, and Sully were terrorized during World War I by a group called "The Black Hand." Burning barns, schools, and churches - and threatening lynchings of the pastors - this clash between the "Americans" on one side and a tightly knit community of Dutch on the other has all the makings of a Hollywood movie.


As part of our History Series, Dr. Keith Fynaardt, Professor of English at Northwestern University in Orange City - and a native of Peoria, Iowa - joins us to explore what happens when two cultures clash - and a war serves to stoke fear in everyone.

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Tulip Queen's Royalty Party

Tuesday, March 28 | 7:00 PM

Joan Kuyper Farver Auditorium at the Pella Community Center


Join us to watch the 2023 Tulip Queen and Court's debut performance! Be among the first to see their beautiful costumes in person, and enjoy their program about Pella's Annual Tulip Time Festival. Free and open to the public.


Dutch Costume Market

(formerly Dutch Costume Exchange)

Drop off: Wed, March 29; 2:30-5:30pm

Sale: Thurs, March 30; 11:00am-4:00pm

Fri, March 31; 1:00-5:30pm

Sat, April 1; 9:00-11:30am

Scholte Church


Tulip Time is fast approaching, and it's time to get you and your family ready! At the Dutch Costume Market, you can purchase costumes of all sizes and provinces.

Cash or check only!

Interested in selling a costume? Click here to learn more.

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