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Holland: The Tulip Town Randall P. Vande Water

Holland: The Tulip Town

Randall P. Vande Water

Published August 18th 2002
ISBN : 9780738520117
Paperback
128 pages
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 About the Book 

On April 26, 1927, Lida Rogers, a Holland High School biology teacher, suggested an idea to members of the Holland, Michigan Womens Literary Club. The idea was that the city present a Tulip Day every spring. Two years later, on May 18, 1929, afterMoreOn April 26, 1927, Lida Rogers, a Holland High School biology teacher, suggested an idea to members of the Holland, Michigan Womens Literary Club. The idea was that the city present a Tulip Day every spring. Two years later, on May 18, 1929, after scores of visitors viewed more than 100,000 tulips along Hollands curbs, Tulip Time became an annual event. The 1930 Holland Evening Sentinel banner headline read: Tulip Reigns as Queen of City. Throughout the decade, motion picture and radio personalities visited to promote the festival. The Holland Furnace Company, then the citys largest corporation, sponsored special radio programs that were broadcast nationwide. After World War II, Holland saw the festival grow into the nations third largest annual event. Visitors have enjoyed parades that included street scrubbing, klompen dancing, floats, and more than 50 bands. When Tulip Time began, 85 percent of the names in the Holland telephone directory were Dutch. Over time, the communitys cultural diversity has evolved and is now reflected in the festival.