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September  8-10,  2017.   
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  • Letters 08/19/2017 YIKES! YIKES! LESS THAN TWO WEEKS UNTIL WE LEAVE for Kentucky!  hmmm Mercer County Marriages 1850s-----------------------------------------------------LAST CHANCE!  BETTER HURRY!   We have some really special events included this year for the first time.- For the pre-con event at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort on Thursday evening September 7, Debra Renard, a DNA EXPERT will speak on what you might hope to learn from a DNA TEST.- Friday, a brief business meeting and all day is packed with interesting information and networking time, family exhibits, silent auction, and that evening the keynote dinner speaker we all love, Vince Akers.- Saturday, our excursion event will be to the Painted Stone Settlers reenactment of the Dutch involvement in the Long Run Massacre ...
    Posted by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 08/15/2017 Holy Moley! What an incredible program on tap for the Dutch Cousins.gatheringHere are three of our top "executive" Dutch Cousins.Couldn't do it without them.Janice Cozine of Kentucky, our treasurer and registrar. Lynn Rogers of Ohio, the 2017 CoordinatorPam Ellingson of Wisconsin, our master webmasterwww.DutchCousins.orgDon't be a tardy bird! 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 ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2017, 2:18 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 08/09/2017 Family history displays Only 4 weeks! 28 days! -----------------------------------------------------ARE YOU REGISTERED YET? BETTER DO IT NOW so we know how many chairs, and meals, to order.GO TO: Our official website:  www.DutchCousins.orgWebmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin(At the front page,"Gathering 2017”)  Download the registration blank, fill it out and send it in!-----------------------------------------------------LAST CHANCE!  BETTER HURRY!   We have some really special events included this year for the first time.- For the pre-con event at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort on Thursday evening September 7, Debra Renard, a DNA EXPERT will speak on what you might hope to learn from a DNA TEST.- Friday, a brief business meeting and a day packed with interesting information and networking time ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2017, 5:02 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 08/07/2017 Sunday at Old Mud Worship in the Faith of our ForefathersRussell L. Gasero, Archivist of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) in New Brunswick, NJ is coming to conduct the special service in our newly rededicated and restored Old Mud Meetinghouse at Harrodsburg onSunday, September 10, 2017. His sermon will be on Psalm 16:6:  "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." (from the NIV).  The Public is invited.Greeters and Ushers will be:Jon Heavener of Oklahoma,Dennis Karwatka of Kentucky,Larry Westerfield of Tennessee,Dick Bauer of Kentucky,Gerald Westerfield of Illinois,Buck Keith of Indiana.The Cousins will surely all be celebrating our delightful Dutch inheritance that weekend! A typical Dutch ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2017, 5:17 PM by Pam Ellingson
  • Letters 08/04/2017 LAST CHANCE!  BETTER HURRY!   We have some really special events included this year for the first time.- For the pre-con event at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort on Thursday evening September 7, Debra Renard, a DNA EXPERT will speak on what you might hope to learn from a DNA TEST.- Friday, a brief business meeting and all day is packed with interesting information and networking time, family exhibits, silent auction, and that evening the keynote dinner speaker we all love, Vince Akers.- Saturday, our excursion event will be to the Painted Stone Settlers reenactment of the Dutch involvement in the Long Run Massacre, and the evening keynote speaker/entertainer is Eddie Price, author of “Widder’s Landing”- Sunday ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2017, 10:15 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.

To make a tax deductible donation for restoration and maintenance of the Old Mud Meetinghouse, in the “note” line say, In memory of ____________________, for restoration and maintenance of Old Mud, credit to the Dutch Cousins.

Send check or money order to:
Harrodsburg Historical Society
220 South Chiles Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330

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 - 
SEE YOU IN KENTUCKY!