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

Fred Manfred: The Spirit of Siouxland
DeWitt Library collaborated with Dr. Keith Fynaardt, professor of English at Northwestern, to create a display on area author Fred Manfred (1912-1994). Born in nearby Doon, Iowa, Manfred authored more than two dozen books, nearly all novels, about the history and culture of his beloved Siouxland.
South entrance.

100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage  
In 1920, the 19th Amendment was incorporated into the Constitution, adding a woman's right to vote to the list of guaranteed rights. The display showcases some of the memorabilia of the movement, such as white dresses, purple and gold sashes, postcards, and broadsides.  
East entrance. 

Second floor display

The Radio Signal by Dr. Friedhelm Radandt  
In 2016, Dr. Friedhelm Radandt, former president of Northwestern College, published his memoir, The Radio Signal. In it he writes of his family's experiences living in Nazi-controlled Germany and his wife's family's corresponding ordeal in Prussia. On display are family photographs, an original genealogical table (Ahnentafel), and family letters.
East staircase.