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Digital Exhibits

A gateway to online exhibitions and digital collections unique to Hope College.

These collections feature images, audio, video, and text from student projects, faculty scholarship, the Joint Archives of Holland, and more.

Featured Exhibits

Archival Collections

Burr Tillstrom Papers, 1947–1997

Burr Tillstrom's career centered on marionette theatre, and his most popular creation, Kukla, was invented when he landed his job at WPA-Chicago Parks District Theatre. In 1947, the Kukla, Fran and Ollie television show began. Tillstrom spent some time at Hope College in 1972, participating in both the Department of Theatre and the Department of Communication as guest faculty, or an artist-in-residence. He befriended faculty members such as Ted Nielsen, of Communication, with whom he stayed in touch after leaving Hope. Before Tillstrom’s death in 1985, he was working on creating a television musical from a children’s book and was petitioning for a Guggenheim Grant to create a video autobiography of his experience making Kukla, Fran and Ollie. After Tillstrom's death, Ted Nielsen attempted to take on the task of completing his video biography. This digital collection includes biographical information, correspondence, photographs and other publications, personal notes and transcripts.

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Envisioning Hope College

All of the images in this collection are portraits of important people and places that were involved in the creation and development of Hope College and Holland, Michigan. Many of the images are from the book Envisioning Hope College: Letters written by Albertus C. Van Raalte to Philip Phelps Jr., 1857 to 1875 (2011), which documents the private thoughts of Albertus C. Van Raalte, the founder of Holland, Michigan.

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History of Holland

This collection represents the history of Holland, Michigan, with images from the 19th and 20th centuries. With over 400 images to browse, we invite you to peek into the past of this Dutch-influenced city that has impacted the cultural heritage of West Michigan. For more information about this collection or the history of Holland, please contact the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College.

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History of Science at Hope College

This collection of images were used in the creation of the book A Century of Science: Excellence at Hope College (2009) as part of the college's commemoration of the creation of the college's departments of chemistry and physics as independent programs in 1909 as well as biology, computer science, engineering, the geological and environmental sciences, mathematics and nursing.

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Louis P. Dame Papers, N.D., 1917-1955

Dr. Louis P. Dame was a native of the Netherlands. He attended Chicago schools and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and Lewis Institute. He married the former Elizabeth Purdie, a 1908 graduate of the Chicago Normal College. He was a veteran of World War I, serving in Puerto Rico. The Dames served as missionaries with the Arabian missions from May 1918 to November 1936, where Louis conducted a clinic at Riaah and won the goodwill of King of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud. The greater part of his time was spent in Bahrain as the doctor in charge of the Mason Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Dame re-established a Girls' School in 1922. After leaving the missionary field, Dr. Dame and his wife settled in Rockford, Illinois, where he practiced medicine for 11 years. The collection contains essays written by Dr. Dame; newspaper and magazine articles; photographs; and correspondence.

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Nykerk Cup Competition

The Nykerk Cup is a competition between freshman and sophomore women of Hope College in the areas of song, oration, and play/drama. Each class performs one song, one play, and one oration on Nykerk night. It was started in 1935 by Dr. John Nykerk, founder of the music department. Dr. Nykerk believed that women were not given an equal opportunity in competition as men and deserved their own competition to get new students involved, provide leadership opportunities for upper-class students, especially women, and showcase class talents in an even year - odd year tradition.

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Van Ark Postcard Collection

This collection represents the Holland, Michigan, area through postcard images from the 19th and 20th centuries collected by Myron Van Ark and his mother. With over 2,000 images to browse, we invite you to peek into the past of this Dutch-influenced city that has impacted the cultural heritage of West Michigan. For more information about this collection or the history of Holland, please contact the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College.

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Student Projects

COMM 395/ENGL 234: Healing of Memories (Fall 2017)

Podcasts created by Hope College students in the COMM 395 and ENGL 234: Healing of Memories courses.

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ENGL 113: Writing in Context (Spring 2020)

These college student-created group podcasts represent the transitioning of rhetorical skills such as structuring an argument, effectively presenting evidence, and engaging with counter perspectives into the medium of the podcast. In doing so, these students practiced audience awareness and defining a purpose for their orchestrated "episodes" that cover a wide range of topics.

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ENGL 253: Writer as Witness: Finding Our Common Humanity

Hope College creative students use the writer's role to witness to a few of the many marginalized voices and populations in our culture, in the hopes of giving these voices more opportunity for understanding in our culture.

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HIST 280: Modern Imperialism (Spring 2017)

These film review videos are the final project from History 280, Modern Imperialism, from spring 2017. Each reviews a film dealing with decolonization. Students will explore such questions as: How are the past and the present portrayed in the film? What can be learned about decolonization from the film? What context does one need to know to better understand the film? What issues are at play here? Does the filmmaker have a point of view? A political perspective? And, importantly, how accurate is the portrayal? These reviews should be of use to students, teachers, and curious movie-watchers who want to learn more about the history behind these important stories.

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Hope College and Ready for Life: Kate's Story

Alongside her family, friends, and community, Kate Veldink shares the story of her life in the Ready for Life program at Hope College and her vision for a greater integration between the two institutions. With a raw honesty, Kate both thanks her supporting community yet reports that she feels as if she's on the outside looking in. Kate's support system poses a challenge to the Hope College Administration to change the way they see Ready for Life students on Hope College's campus.

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IDS 171: Sport and the Ancient World

Podcasts created by Hope College students in the IDS 171: Sport and the Ancient World course.

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IDS 175: Sport, Ethics, and the Modern World

Podcasts created by Hope College students in the IDS 175: Sport, Ethics, and the Modern World course.

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KIN 207: Sport and Society (Spring 2018)

Podcasts created by Hope College students in the Spring 2018 KIN 207: Sport and Society course.

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