Transatlantic educational exchange celebrated at Fulbright Thanksgiving reception

During International Education Week , the Netherlands Fulbright Alumni Association and the U.S. Embassy The Hague organized an early Thanksgiving event for Fulbright alumni at the Ambassador’s Residence. The fifty guests had a lovely evening which started off with speeches by Public Affairs Counselor Sherry Keneson-Hall and Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley. The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Eindhoven

On October 24, Ambassador Hoekstra visited the city of Eindhoven , the Netherlands’ fifth largest city. Located in the province of North Brabant, Eindhoven is known as a technology and design hub. The Ambassador began with a visit to the DAF Trucks operations and touring the facility. Ambassador Hoekstra learned more about “Van Doorne’s Aanhangwagen Fabriek” – now called DAF ...
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Reception celebrates new Art in Residence collection

September 26 – Ambassador Hoekstra hosted a reception to launch the Art in Residence collection at his home in The Hague. The works include 10 pieces from the United States, featuring several artists from Michigan. The other five pieces are by Dutch artists including two pieces on loan from Frisian artist Claudy Jongstra, a Jan ...
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Unveiling of a new bronze bust of Eleanor Roosevelt in Middelburg

On August 6, 2018, Laura and Trudy Roosevelt, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, unveiled a bronze bust of Laura’s grandmother Eleanor Roosevelt in the Abbey of Middelburg to mark the seventieth anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights. The province of Zeeland wanted the bust to be placed in the ...
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2000 dancers gather from 24 countries to celebrate ‘Uniquely American’ pastime

The 10th European Square Dance Convention is taking place in Amsterdam July 20-22. The weekend is a gathering of members of the European Association of American Square Dancing Clubs ( EAASDC). Three Dutch clubs (the Tulip Twirlers, Rainbow Strollers, and the Motiveters) organized the event along with Maarten and Wil Weijers. This is the first time the event has been ...
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Symposium “Anne & Emmett”

The U.S. Embassy in The Hague hosted a symposium May 16 to discuss tolerance, discrimination, and freedom in relation to the play Anne & Emmett. The play, written by symposium panelist Janet Langhart Cohen, details a conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till in a town called Memory. The play has its Dutch debut May ...
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American WWI sacrifices remembered in new book launched today at Museum Huis Doorn

Museum Huis Doorn and Friends of Romagne 14-18 (Stichting Vrienden van Romagne 14-18) held an event In Doorn on April 14 as part of their World War I Centennial.  They presented Public Affairs Officer Sherry Keneson-Hall with the first copy of a new book entitled The Road to Romagne: An American heritage of the First World ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra explores his roots at official visit to the Province of Fryslân

Ambassador Hoekstra travelled to Friesland April 11 and 12, to strengthen cooperation between the Mission and the province. The Ambassador participated in a handful of political and cultural events over the duration of his stay. He met with the King’s Commissioner to Friesland Arno Brok in Leeuwarden, where they discussed the economic and historic relationship ...
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Night in the Abdijkerk Loosduinen

April 4, 2018 – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. King, a special evening of commemoration, organized by volunteers, was held at the Abdijkerk in Loosduinen , the oldest church in The Hague. Ambassador Pete Hoekstra was guest of honor for the commemoration. The evening was filled with video, choir songs, and ...
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Festive Ceremony Marks Official Opening of New U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands

The U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that today it was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at John Adams Park 1 in Wassenaar.  The ceremony was hosted by Ambassador Peter Hoekstra and included officials from the Department of State, a five-member bi-partisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, the Minister of Social ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra visits Voorlinden museum and gardens

March 21, 2018 – Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife, Diane visited the Voorlinden Museum and Gardens to familiarize themselves with the American Embassy’s new neighbor. The Voorlinden is an influential local museum that connects people, art, nature, and architecture. Established in 2016, the museum showcases modern and contemporary art and wants to be “an oasis of tranquility in the ...
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Ambassador Hoekstra hands over key of old embassy to Mayor Krikke of The Hague

March 5, 2018 – Ambassador Pete Hoekstra was delighted to hand over the key for the old U.S. Embassy at the Lange Voorhout to Mayor Pauline Krikke of Gemeente Den Haag, who promised to give the building a good second life. For nearly 60 years, from 1959 until 2018, the U.S. Embassy in The Hague ...
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Cultural Corner: Ambassador Hoekstra visits the Anne Frank House

Ambassador Hoekstra and his wife Diane visited the Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam recently.  Director Ronald Leopold explained his organization’s educational mission and talked about the renovations being made to the building that houses The Secret Annex where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis for more than two years during World War ...
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“The American Dream” on display in Assen in new exhibit

The Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands, opened an incredible exhibit November 18, with music, food, Elvis and Marilyn.  “The American Dream” is an exhibit that spans more than 70 years and is spread across two museums in two countries.  The Drents Museum is displaying works covering the post-war decades 1945-1965 and the Kunsthalle Emden, ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Overview

And that’s a wrap!  Our heartfelt thanks for accompanying us the past year on our journey to get know American authors, past and present.  We’ve greatly enjoyed your company and insights along the way as we discussed the authors, themes, and diversity in American literature.  We hope you continue on your own journey to discover ...
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Cultural Corner: New book for JFK Centennial

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, would have been 100 this year. To mark that occasion, Alex Krijger published the first in-depth biography of JFK in Dutch in almost 25 years. At a book launching event at ProDemos in The Hague, Krijger presented Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley the first copy of ...
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Cultural Corner: The Symbiosis of Kusaka and Wood

Museum Voorlinden, which celebrated its one-year anniversary on Sept. 11, opened an exhibit by Los Angeles-based artists Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood on September 28. With this exhibit, which runs through January 7, the modern and contemporary art museum kicked off its year-long American Season series. Also to be featured in this series are Martin ...
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Oldest known photograph of a U.S. President, but also a former Ambassador to the Netherlands

A photograph taken March 1843 in Washington, D.C. is the oldest known photograph of a U.S. President, but could this be the oldest known photograph of a U.S. Ambassador too?  John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829, but before that he was also the fifth U.S. Ambassador ...
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Cultural Corner: last chance to visit two American exhibits in Amsterdam

Two exhibits, sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy, will close soon.  Martin Scorsese:  The Exhibition, at Eye in Amsterdam, runs through September 3rd.  (Note the exhibit is closed August 30th).  This is the first major exhibition on the work, life, and passions of the American filmmaker Martin Scorsese. This exhibition is devoted entirely to Scorsese and ...
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What’s on the CG’s Bookshelf: Let it Come Down by Paul Bowles

This month’s book, Let it Come Down (1952), is the second novel by enigmatic writer and composer Paul Bowles (1910-1999), who spent more than 50 years of his life in Tangiers, Morocco.  In addition to four novels, Bowles drafted numerous musical scores, more than 60 short stories, and dozens of translations of Moroccan authors.  His ...
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A Tribute to American Composer and Conductor John Philip Sousa in Breda

The Harmonie Concordia Festival celebrated its 140th anniversary with a concert dedicated to American composer and conductor John Philip Sousa on May 20, 2017. Over 150 sousaphonists played the tuba-like instrument named after him. John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932) was known primarily for American military and patriotic marches. In fact, ...
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On the CG’s Bookshelf: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

May’s book is The Things They Carried from National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien. The 1990 semi-autobiographical novel blurs fact with fiction in its vivid collection of short stories tracking the lives of a fictional group of American soldiers in Vietnam and their adjustment to civilian life after the war. Considered one of the best ...
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Cultural Corner – Bevrijdingskinderen

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Bob Kingman was in Maastricht for the presentation of a new book by Mieke Kirkels, “Children of African-American Liberators.” Along with Kierkels, he presented copies of the book to the 12 “children” who were featured in the book. Kirkels’ first book, “From Alabama to Margraten,” told the story of Dr. ...
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Vice Consul Alston at NiNsee New Year’s Reception

In celebration of U.S. Black History Month, Vice Consul Kharmika Alston highlighted the immeasurable contribution black Americans have made to U.S. society during a February 4 New Year’s reception hosted by the National Institution for the Dutch Slavery Past and its Legacy (NiNsee).   NiNsee strives to shed light on the history of Dutch slavery ...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner

When Dr. King visited the Netherlands in 1964, he said, “Honesty and realism impel me to admit that we still have a long, long way to go. But I think the important thing is that we are making progress.” At Sunday’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Dinner in the Hague, Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley said ...
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Colson Whitehead in The Hague

American author Colson Whitehead visited the Netherlands last week to participate in the Winternachten Literature Festival in The Hague (January 19-22). The most recent National Book Award for Fiction winner talked about his award-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” a story about fugitive slaves Cora and Caesar in the ante-bellum South. The network of Americans, black and ...
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The U.S. Embassy building in The Hague officially designated a national monument

Cees van ‘t Veen, Director National Cultural Heritage, on behalf of the Minister of Education, officially designated the American Embassy in The Hague a national monument during a ceremony at the Embassy on January 20, 2017. He presented the official designation plaque to Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley. Tracy Metz, Director of the John Adams Institute ...
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Lunch with Syrian Refugees and Launch of Artwork by Syrian artist Mohammed Hussein

Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley recently hosted a buffet lunch for a group of young Syrian refugees to launch a small exhibition by Syrian artist Mohammed Hussein in the living room of the residence. Hussein’s works very much reflect the Syrian world in which he was living before fleeing to Europe. Unfortunately, he could not be ...
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Cultural Corner – Emily Dickinson’s Walls of Poetry

The famously reclusive Emily Dickinson might not have felt comfortable with all the attention. But surely she would have loved the fact that one of her poems has been immortalized on a wall of a school house in a lovely neighborhood of The Hague. Dickinson, whose work received almost no recognition while she was still ...
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D-Day Flag arrives in the Netherlands

On September 15, a unique American flag carried during D-Day in 1944 arrived at the Nationaal Militair Museum in Soesterberg. The flag was accepted with military ceremony in the presence of Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and about twenty American World War II veterans. The museum opened an exhibition on the flag on this day. ...
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