If you’ve been to Digital Holland before, you may have noticed some changes to the organization and appearance of our site. If it’s your first time stopping by, we’re glad to have you here! Digital Holland is a website developed and created by undergraduate researchers at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. These students are part of the Mellon Scholars Program, an initiative in the Digital Liberal Arts funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The website you are viewing now is the third revision of the project. We started out as a simple google site and transitioned to WordPress in the summer of 2015. Our mission remains the same: we want to provide users with information about the history of Holland, Michigan in a clear manner and highlight the rich culture of this town. And now we’re excited to share with you some of the changes we’ve made to improve your experience.
We’ve re-categorized all of our content (formerly listed under a tab called “Explore”) as part of our Holland Encyclopedia or as an Exhibit. The Encyclopedia includes articles with facts about the people, places, and events of Holland in both past and present. We’ve also simplified the encyclopedia with fewer categories to make it easier for you to find the topics you find most interesting.
Under Exhibits you’ll find research projects featuring more in-depth details about Holland history, connections to broader historical movements, and multi-media components such as documentaries and interactive timelines. These projects were previously categorized alongside the other articles, and we wanted to distinguish and feature them more prominently on the site. Keep an eye out for more great projects featured in this section!
Finally, we revised the aesthetic of the site to give it a more scholarly feel and made our resources for research and contributions more accessible. In all of our changes, we seek to emphasize that Digital Holland is more than a student project, it’s a collaborative archive of Holland history created by and for the community.
We know that Holland’s history holds much more than we’ve been able to cover so far, and we can’t wait to see our encyclopedia grow and improve. If you are interested in contributing to Digital Holland, please click contribute. We look forward to hearing from you!
We invite you to explore the encyclopedia and exhibits, follow us on social media, and visit the website again in the coming months as we continue to grow.
Enjoy & Explore,
The Digital Holland Committee