Nuestra Comunidad Hispana

Nuestra Comunidad Hispana


Celebrating Holland, Michigan's Hispanic Communities

Launched as part of Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 celebrations, this is a project celebrating the city of Holland's diversity through the eyes of its Latino residents. Through September and October, project partners are collecting oral histories and portraits from anyone who wishes to participate. Together, these stories and images will become part of the growing "Nuestra Comunidad Hispana" exhibition and archive. The exhibit will be unveiled for the first time on November 6, 2015 at the annual dinner for Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP) at Hope College's.

This project is a collaboration among the City of Holland, LAUP, Herrick District Library, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, GVSU's Meijer Campus in Holland, and GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History.

Share YOUR story!

We hope you will consider sharing your story as part of this effort. Participation is free and open to anyone with a connection to Holland's Latino communities. Participants will receive a copy of their interview and professional portrait. You may contact us to set up a time for your interview or come to one of the open collection events at Herrick District Library, 300 S. River St., Holland, Michigan. The events will be held:

Thursday, September 10 from 10 a.m. until 12noon

Saturday, September 12 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Monday, September 21 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. until 12noon

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

We have a number of volunteer opportunities with the Nuestra Comunidad Project.  We are actively seeking community members to help conduct interviews, assist with outreach, writing, and translation work in connection with the project. Anyone is welcome to volunteer. We especially encourage GVSU students with connections to Holland-Zeeland, Fennville, and other surrounding areas to consider volunteering to work with the project. Academic internships are available for GVSU undergraduate students as well.

To apply for an internship or volunteer opportunity, please write a brief email including the following information:

·         What internship position you are apply for?

·         Why you are interested in the position?

·         What you hope to learn from this internship experience?

·         Highlight the skills you could bring to the position.

·         Your major/minor.

Please note knowledge of spanish language is not required except for the Translation/Transcription internship position. 

Email application letter to Courtney Sherwood, Office Coordinator for the Kutsche Office of Local History, at




Kutsche Office of Local History

324 Lake Ontario Hall 
Dept. Phone: 616-331-8099 
Dept. Fax: 616-331-8111