Nuestra Comunidad Hispana (Holland, Michigan)

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. We began collecting oral histories and portraits in August at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland. Through the month of September, Herrick District Library hosted four open collection events. Our final collection event is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 at Holland High School. Please join us! All are welcome to come, share their stories, and to participate in this celebration.

 Together, these stories and images will become part of the growing "Nuestra Comunidad Hispana" exhibition and archive. The exhibit will be unveiled in a public reception. Details about time, day and place will be released shortly.

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. It has been featured on Michigan Public Radio's Stateside with Cynthia Canty and Holland's WHTC.

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 our final open collection events at Holland High School, 600 Van Raalte Avenue., Holland, Michigan on Thursday, October 8.

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

This effort would not be possible without the dedicated work of volunteers and our GVSU student interns. GVSU undergraduates Kassie O'Brien (Spanish/International Relations) and Crisol Beliz (Liberal Studies/Latin American Studies) are translating and transcribing interviews. Kassie O'Brien has worked as an interviewer on the project as well. We are also indebted to our community volunteers and project team. Please consider joining us as a volunteer, intern, or interviewer! For more information or to get involved, contact the Kutsche Office of Local History at (616)331-8099 or