The Dutch American Identity: Staging Memory and Ethnicity in Community Celebrations

by Terence Schoone-Jongen

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Community Celebration, Commemoration and Festivity

Community-Oriented Festivals

Ethnically-Oriented Festivals

Chapter Two: Immigration and Settlement Patterns of the Dutch in the United States: A Brief Overview

The New Immigration

The Dutch-American Community

Chapter Three: Dutch Ethnic Heritage Celebrations: Antecedents, Emergence, and Proliferation

The Emergence of Holland, Pella, and Orange City

Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa

Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa

Holland Mania


Chapter Four: The Quest for Authenticity: Costumes

The Rhetoric of Authenticity

Authenticity Issues

Costuming Practices

Costumes in Holland, Michigan

Costumes in Pella, Iowa

Costumes in Orange City, Iowa

Costumes in Fulton, Illinois

Costumes in Edgerton, Minnesota

Authenticity: What It Means, What It Does

Chapter Five: Stories We Tell To and About Ourselves

Stories and Narratives in Press and Promotional Coverage

Town Tours

Parades, Programs, Pageants, and Plays

Chapter Six: Other Stories; or, Stories We Tell In Spite of Ourselves








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