Exhibit cases

Archives display

Heading West with the LeCocqs: From Iowa to Washington   
The westward migration story of the LeCocq family, Dutch immigrants who first settled in Pella, Iowa then Orange City, Iowa before helping establish Harrison, South Dakota and eventually moving to Lynden, Washington. The LeCocqs were leaders in each town they lived in, serving in local government and establishing businesses.  The display contains a number of artifacts from both Northwestern's collection and Orange City's Dutch American Heritage Museum

A Northwestern student, Liesbeth Ten Hoeve, interpreted and translated Dutch items in this collection; she also created the accompanying digital exhibit
Lower level.

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

Korean Pottery
As one of the oldest traditions in the world, ceramics have been produced for over 6,000 years. The earliest pottery was kneaded from clay and fired at low temperatures. Through Chinese influences, Korean potters eventually created their own distinctive styles including celadon (greenware) and buncheong ware. Typical Korean pottery is decorated with plants, flowers, and wildlife. On display are newer ceramics created using traditional techniques.
Common Grounds.

Second floor display

Christian Education in Orange City
This exhibit highlights the dedication of early Orange City residents in giving their youth a Christ-filled education.  Researched and organized by William Minnick.
East staircase.