The AADAS board is thrilled to announce that our 21st biennial conference will be held in Fulton, Illinois, June 15-17, 2017. Henk Aay and local organizer, Barbara Mask are organizing the overall three-day program. Henk Aay and Herm De Vries (current AADAS president and vice-president) will guide the conference papers from proposals to presentations.
The theme of the conference is Dutch (North) Americans, Agriculture and Rural Life, Past and Present. Especially during Dutch immigration into the Midwest during the 19th century, farming and rural life was the mainstay of the settlers’ life. And the contributions of Dutch (North) Americans to agriculture have continued to this day.
We are interested in encouraging research and papers on Dutch (North) Americans and agriculture through a wide lens, both through time and by topic. Pioneer farming as well as modern milking parlors are suitable subjects. Topics may range from rural life, rural settlement, rural economy, rural villages and institutions, and country churches to more specialized agriculture such as horticulture, dairying, truck/market gardening, fruit growing, nurseries and greenhouses and, finally, to agricultural processing industries and farm equipment.
Paper proposals on other topics about the Dutch in North America will also be considered.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250-words and brief CV to Henk Aay at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2017.