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An 1847 emigrant from Overijssel, the Netherlands, to Holland, Michigan, Jan Hendrik Veneklasen and his son Berend J. founded and operated the most successful brick making company in the area. Founded in 1848 in Holland Township, the brickyard moved to Groningen in 1853 and eventually established a yard and a factory on the western edge of Zeeland in 1872. The company also owned and was interested in brickyards elsewhere in Michigan, including Hamilton, Cloverdale, and Rudyard. This collection consists of papers, photographs, and researcher materials relating to Veneklasen & Sons Brickyard (Zeeland Brickyard), the Veneklasen family, and Veneklasen brick houses in the greater Holland area. Michael Douma gathered these materials during the spring and summer of 2004 as a Joint Archives of Holland’s Annual Summer History Project.


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