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Willard C. Wichers graduated from Hope College in 1932. He was very involved in the Hope College Board of Trustees, where he held the position of secretary, 1968-1982. Wichers was a major factor in the Dutch Language Program at University of Michigan, and brought many professors over from the Netherlands. He was made a Knight in the Order of the Orange-Nassau of Netherlands in 1947 and an officer in the same order in 1954. He served on the Holland Historical Cultural Commission, the Holland Area Historical Advisory Commission, the Michigan Historic Preservation Review Board, the Historical Society of Michigan, the Netherlands Pioneer and Historical Foundation, and a commissioner of the Dutch-American Historical Commission. He was also responsible for founding the Netherlands Museum, which is now the Holland Museum, in 1937. The Willard C. Wichers collection includes several boxes of Board of Trustees information, such as meeting minutes, correspondence, and committee records. There are many photographs, the majority of which are from the 1930 Milestone. Records of Hope’s property transactions, Dutch Language Program professorships, and Wichers’ correspondence are all included in the collection.


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