Exhibit cases

Archives display

Global Missions and the Reformed Church in America   
Artifacts and stories showcasing the Reformed Church in America's long history of worldwide missions.  
Lower level.

  • Roeland Van Cavel
    The story of Roeland Kavelaar, a Dutch immigrant who created a program on the Netherlands that he shared at school assemblies throughout the United States. A digital exhibit is also available.
  • Captain Ralph Mouw: Journey to the Greater Reich   
    Letters, uniforms, and other objects of Captain Ralph Mouw, a Northwestern graduate and later a math professor here. During World War II, he landed at Normandy on D-Day, served in a field artillery unit that saw heavy fighting, plus worked in the liberation forces.  A digital exhibit is also available.    
  • Roderich & Elisabeth Wolff Scrapbook 
    A scrapbook and accompanying documents tell the story of a German couple during World War II. Roderich Wolff (1897–1973) was Jewish and his wife Elisabeth (1912–2006) was Christian. A digital exhibit is also available.  

First floor displays

The Caldecott Medal
Information about Randolph Caldecott, one of the first illustrators of children's books. The exhibit features 4 rare books from Northwestern's Archives that include Caldecott's detailed and whimsical illustrations. The display also explains the history of The Caldecott Medal, a prestigious award given by the American Library Association for "the most distinguished American picture book for children." 
South entrance.

Student Journalism at Northwestern  
A short history of The Beacon, Northwestern's student newspaper since 1928. The exhibit includes the very first issue published, masthead designs through the years, intriguing and controversial stories from the past, and photo blocks from early editions. Past issues of The Beacon are digitized and available for searching or browsing.  
East entrance. 

Second floor display

De Volksvriend  
A short history of the nation's longest-running Dutch-language newspaper, printed here in Orange City, Iowa. To view all issues online, visit our De Volksvriend page.     
East staircase.