Category archives for: Immigration

News: Press award for DUTCH the magazine


  One does not like to toot one’s own horn, but I must share with our readers the pride and satisfaction I felt when I was invited to Queen’s Park, the provincial legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario, for an awards ceremony. The invitation was to represent DUTCH, the magazine and our Dutch language […]

Letter: looking for Dutch War Brides

Canadian war bride Hendrika Lukkien (Image: Bev Tosh).

Dear Publisher, My name is Olga Rains, and I am a Dutch War Bride. You did a story about my husband Lloyd; he passed away in March 2013. I am one of the two thousand Dutch girls who married Canadian soldiers after WWII and came to Canada to start a new life. In 1984, I […]

Tracks & Traces: Historic New Castle Delaware

The Dutch House Museum in New Castle, Delaware

The state of Delaware enjoys a rich history. It was the first state to ratify the Constitution, it was home to the renowned Revolutionary War ‘Fighting Blue Hens’, and it was a vital stop on the Underground Railroad. Delaware was also home to New Sweden, the first European colony to settle there. However, the Swedes […]

Interview: Expat rights activist Eelco Keij


Eelco Keij’s political career was catapulted after he took the initiative to organize a meeting in New York to discuss the efforts of the Dutch government to end dual nationality. After he became a candidate for the centralist D66 party, he presented himself as “the international candidate”. Keij, who didn’t get elected, recently published his […]

Feature: How Nieuw Nederlandt became New York

New Netherland with a view of New Amsterdam by 17th century mapmaker Nicolaas Visscher

The Dutch were busy establishing their own colony about the same time Jamestown was getting underway, and a full decade before the Pilgrims happened upon Plymouth. Yet history books don’t give the Dutch settlers anywhere near the attention they do the latter-mentioned colonies. Most North Americans know at least something about the settlements at Jamestown […]

Column: Verbatim

Oliestel, by Rosemary Sloot

In our March/April 2012 issue, I wrote a review of a very special art exhibition that had just opened in Burlington, Ontario. It was called Immigrant and featured twenty-one works by London, Ontario artist Rosemary Sloot. After touring several Ontario public art galleries, with a side trip to Edmonton, Alberta, the collection has now come […]

Interview: Primatologist Frans de Waal

Primatologist Frans de Waal (Photo: Dave Hansen)

Primatologist Frans de Waal is the only Dutchman who has made it to Time Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Most Influential People’ list. In his work, he likes to explain the idea that if primates would study humans, they would find recognizable behavioral patterns. De Waal works at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has published many […]

Letter: Dutch Heritage


DUTCH, the magazine is very interesting and well written. It gives my grandchildren some insight into their heritage. L. Sayers Toronto, Ontario  

Letter: War Brides


I subscribe to DUTCH and saw the photograph of the ship with war brides. My sister is in the picture. It brought tears to my eyes. Time has flown by, and we all raised our kids after surviving those terrible five war years. I am the only remaining survivor in our family. Where did the […]

Column: My first Christmas in Canada


About four weeks before our first Christmas in British Columbia, we noticed that people came to focus their conversations on one particular topic: “Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet?” This seemed to be the question that everyone asked us and each other. When I first heard the question, from a colleague, my spontaneous reaction […]