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  • Letters 06/06/2017 - 2017 Newsletter Hear ye! Hear ye! Read all about it!Here's Your 2017 Dutch Newsletter!Here you go - It's finally ready.If you have not already registered for the September event, you can print this out. Fill in the Registration blank and mail in the form with payment to the address on the registration form.The schedule is included and is subject to change. Watch for exciting announcements and learn about more speakers in the upcoming Dutch Cousin Letters.Follow these steps to open the Newsletter:- Roll your cursor over the word "here" in blue below. The cursor will turn into a white glove with a pointing finger.- With the finger of the glove on the blue underlined letters, click ...
    Posted Jun 13, 2017, 12:41 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 05/26/2017 Everyone's talking about the big event coming in SeptemberYOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED YOUR REGISTRATION FORM BY NOW! Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection and contact info. Please send any pertinent info to be included in the next Letter.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately !I promise we do not share our mailing ...
    Posted May 26, 2017, 4:09 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 05/24/2017 Registration for 2017 Gathering It's time to sign up!Here you go - a clickable registration form you can complete online, then print it out and mail to the Dutch Cousins treasurer at the address on the form. I did create the form, but my smart daughter Judi Mills spent many hours creating this magic clickable ability. However, if you do not want to fill it out online, you can print it out and fill it in on your desk. To register for the September event, either fill in the blanks online and print it out -- or print it out and fill in the blanks! Then mail in the form with payment to the address on the registration form. The schedule is included and ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 12:30 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 05/17/2017 Amalie Preston: History Mystery Solver By Harrodsburg Herald | May 17, 2017 May is National Historical Preservation Month and lifelong Mercer Countian Amalie Preston said she was  struck with the history bug at a young age.Preston said she was always an attentive and curious as a child. Some of her favorite memories come from listening to the stories of her elders and asking them questions about their past.“In my day, there was visiting for the sake of visiting,” she said. “Probably two to three times a week there were going to be either my grandparents or aunts, uncles and cousins over. And oh, do I remember the stories.”Preston, who grew up on Oregon Road and still lives in her childhood home, felt a ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 12:13 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 05/17/2017 Learn more about the Dutch namesMore about Dutch Names Feel free to share these items, just credit DUTCH LETTERS (date), free genealogy round robin published by Carolyn Leonard. Anyone who wishes to be added to the mailing list, send an email to me at Editor234@gmail.com and say they would like to be on the list - and let us know their Dutch connection and contact info. Please send any pertinent info to be included in the next Letter.  If you want to be removed from the mailing list, just hit reply and say, "remove me" -- and I will do so immediately! I promise we do not share our mailing list with anyone, and do not publish email addresses ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 9:38 AM by Pam Ellingson
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Dutch Cousins Award $4000 to Harrodsburg Historical Society



From left to right:  Eddie Cozine, Janice Cozine, Dutch Cousins Treasurer presenting check to Dick Bauer, Harrodsburg Historical Society President, Amalie Preston, Chairperson of Dutch Archives in the HHS Library. (Photo by Marian Bauer)

By Amalie Preston

The Dutch Cousins Organization, descendants of the Low Dutch who built the Old Mud Meetinghouse in 1800, has donated $4000 to the Historical Society for the ongoing restoration project at Old Mud.  Since 2005 they have donated over $133,000 to the renovation which brings the 200 year old building from an endangered state to its present use as a functional museum and meeting venue.  The project continues with a focus on the adjacent one room schoolhouse.  

The Dutch Cousins officially began in 2005 and honor the memory and the history of the Low Dutch immigration experience, from the Netherlands to New Amsterdam (New York) in the early 1600s, to New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries and to Kentucky in the late 1770s.   The group meets every two years, and welcomes anyone who has an interest in or descends from these unique pioneers.  If your name is Banta, Brewer, Brocaw, Comingore, Coovert, Cozatt, Cozine,  Darland, Demaree, DeBaun, Duree, Lyster, Montfort, Riker, Reynerson, Scomp, Shuck, Smock, Tewmey, VanArsdall, Vannice, VanDiver, Voorhies, or Westerfield (just to name a few),  or associated families such as Adams, Britton, Davis and Mann, and more well-known local names - you can learn more using the short hotlink: http://www.carolynbleonard.com/CarolynBLeonard.com/DutchCousins/DutchCousins.html or an e-mail to Editor234@gmail.com.  

The Historical Society continues to thank all the partners in this project, both individual and corporate.



Goal & Mission

GOAL & MISSION:  We are descendants of the Low Dutch who settled New Amsterdam, moved to New Jersey, migrated to near Gettysburg, and made history when they later populated the Kentucky frontier. Our Dutch Cousins goal is to research, share and preserve the genealogy and history of our common Low Dutch heritage, including but not limited to, the restoration and preservation of the Old Mud Meetinghouse near Harrodsburg, KY. Our mission is to honor the memory of these ancestors, and enjoy the friendship of cousins - both newly-discovered and long-loved.

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2017 Officers
President: Carolyn Leonard, Oklahoma
Vice President: Charlie Westerfield, KY
Secretary: Denise M. Perry, Tennessee
Treasurer: Janice Cozine, Kentucky
Webmaster: Pam Ellingson, Wisconsin
Finance Chairman: Vince Akers, Indiana

Board Members
Jim Cozine, Las Vegas
Malcolm Banta, Florida
Barbie Abbott Hamman, Louisville

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Carolyn Leonard, Secretary, Dutch Cousins 2015 - 
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