Windmill Winterim

Come join us in the New Year for a variety of fun and educational sessions! Some are free and open to the public; others require a fee and pre-registration. For paid events, you are not considered registered until the fee is paid.



Thursday, December 30

Dutch New Year’s Celebration

2:00-4:00 pm, Scholte Garden Room

Free, Members Only


Executive Director Val and her husband Kent will be frying up these perennial Dutch New Year’s goodies—oliebollen, that is! Come have a deep-fried ball of goodness and a cup of coffee or hot spiced wine.




Thursday, January 6 (weather date: Jan. 18)

Movie: The Forgotten Battle

7:00 pm, Pella Opera House

Free and open to the public


September 1944. The Allies have taken Antwerp, but the Germans still hold southern Holland, including the Scheldt Estuary, keeping supplies from reaching the Allies. The island of Walcheren is key to the Germans’ strategy. A British glider pilot, a Dutch boy fighting for the Germans, and a Dutch female resistance worker are thrown together in a fight for life and death.  In Dutch and English, with subtitles. No rating—language and wartime gore.




Saturday, January 8

“Koffie Tijd with Jerry!” - POSTPONED

9:30 am, Scholte Garden Room

Members: $5; Non-members: $10


Once coffee was introduced to the Dutch via Indonesia, it became a staple for Hollanders—you won’t find a celebration without coffee in the Netherlands, and “koffie tijd” is, of course, essential to the Dutch workday! Pella residents and PHSM members Jerry Bandstra and his wife Deb are the owners of Fireside Coffee in Pella. We’ll hear from Jerry about the roasting process (and maybe watch a little of it) and what makes a coffee really good. And, naturally, goodies will be served while we partake of some of the coffee. You must sign up to participate: Call (641) 620-9463 or drop by the Vermeer Windmill before December 30.




Tuesday, January 11

“Gin Innovations” - FULL

7:00 pm, Scholte Garden Room

Members: $5; Non-members: $10


Jenever was invented by the Dutch, and it’s spawned gin as we know it today. Join drink specialist Cameron Van Kooten Laughead as he shows us how to put together some simple (and delicious) drinks using gin. One of these will be the scrumptious blackberry and gin cocktail he prepared at the Forging Our Future celebration last June! Come sip and take the recipes home afterwards. Seating is limited; register beforehand at (641) 620-9463 or drop by the Vermeer Mill before December 30.




Thursday, January 13

“What’s PHSM Membership All About?”

5:30 pm, Scholte Garden Room



If you’ve recently joined Pella Historical as a new member (either individual, family, or business), join us for a time to meet other folks, nosh on some snacks, hear about what your membership benefits include, and find out how you can get involved at Pella Historical and in Tulip Time. You may also attend if you’re just wondering what membership is all about! Free, but please call (641) 620-9463 to sign up so we know how many to figure on.




Saturday, January 29

“Learn Staphorst Painting” - FULL

2:00 pm, Scholte Garden Room

Members, free; Non-members, $5


You’ve probably seen those beautifully decorated hats and vests at Tulip Time that look like pinpricks of color. They’re from the village of Staphorst, and PHSM member Milly Vande Kieft, whose ancestors come from that area, will lead us through the easy and fun way to start Staphorst painting. All of your supplies are provided; you just have to show up! Seating is limited; call (641) 620-9463 to register or drop by the Vermeer Windmill before December 30.



Tuesday, February 1

“Just How Dutch Are We?”

7:00 pm, Cox-Snow Music Center at Central College

Free and open to the public


Perhaps you remember taking a survey about a year ago about the Dutch language and its carryover into America. The number of people from the Pella area who completed the survey was astounding, and we invited the survey’s authors to come tell us about their results.


Rachyl Hietpas is a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A native of Little Chute, WI, Rachyl takes pride in her Dutch heritage and has been actively working to acquire the language. Charlotte Vanhecke, PhD student in Linguistics, is originally from Bruges, Belgium, and is a Dutch instructor at the University of Wisconsin. They invite you to delve into how you think about “Dutchness” while discussing what constitutes a modern Dutch heritage identity and how it is connected to language.