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2016

Dutch King's Day

Silver Lake Country Club
April 29, 2016

King's Day is the biggest national event in Holland. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates on King's Day.

In Cleveland, the Dutch community just celebrated The 17th Annual State of Ohio Birthday Celebration of the Netherlands' Monarch sponsored by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce - Great Lakes (NACC), and VMI Group.

Martin van den Berg

Martin van den Berg
Treasurer of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce


Orange tulips for King's Day


Photos and Videos from King's Day 2016 in Cleveland


2015

Cleveland Museum of Art's International Community Day

The Dutch Community was represented at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day on October 4, 2015.

Dutch Community at Art Museum

Dutch Community at Art Museum

Dutch Community at Art Museum


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Dutch King's Day

Silver Lake Country Club
May 1, 2015

King's Day is the biggest national event in Holland. Everything and everyone turns orange and celebrates on King's Day.

In Cleveland, the Dutch community just celebrated The 16th Annual State of Ohio Birthday Celebration of the Netherlands' Monarch sponsored by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce - Great Lakes (NACC), and VMI Group.

Hannah Herc and Melanie Kahn

Hannah Herc and Melanie Kahn


Photos and Videos from King's Day 2015 in Cleveland


2014

King’s Day (Koningsdag)

The Dutch community celebrates King’s Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander on 30 April 2013 (what was then still Queen’s Day).

The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honor of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina’s daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance with the new Queen's birthday

The 15th annual State of Ohio Birthday Celebration of the Netherlands' Monarch will take place May 2nd starting at 6PM at Silver Lake Country Club. Contact Bernardine van Kessel at the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce at 330-208-5866 or the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce website.


Port of Cleveland honors Arnie de la Porte

The Port of Cleveland honored the late Arnie de la Porte, Honorary Consul of the Netherlands, on April 22, 2014 by naming a street after the beloved Arnie.

Arnie de la Porte Street Sign



New Honorary Consul of the Netherlands

Peter C. André de la Porte has been officially named Honorary Consul, Consulate of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Peter follows in the footsteps of his father Arnie.

Congratulations Peter!

Peter de la Porte

Peter de la Porte



Ambassador Rudolf Bekink of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States of America Rudolf Bekink visited Cleveland on February 28, 2014 and hosted a lunch reception at the Union Club of Cleveland with the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Chicago Klaas van der Tempel.

Leaders of the local Dutch community, businesses with Dutch connections and members of the Cleveland Consular Corps were on hand to meet and greet the Ambassador and Consul General.

Ambassador Rudolf Bekink and Consul van der Tempel

Ambassador Rudolf Bekink and Consul van der Tempel

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2013

Arnie de la Porte

Our condolences to the family and many friends of Arnie de la Porte, Honorary Consul of the Netherlands.

Funeral arrangements are being made and we will provide you with information concerning arrangements as they become available.

Arnie will be greatly missed.


Consul General Roy Norton of Canada and Consulate of Netherlands Arnie de la Porte

Consul General Roy Norton of Canada and Consulate of Netherlands Charles 'Arnie' de la Porte at Rotary Club of Cleveland event


More from the event honoring the Cleveland Orchestra



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Organizations and Resources for Dutch in Cleveland

The Netherlands American Society of Ohio
The Netherlands American Society of Ohio is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 by a group of people interested in promoting and preserving the Dutch culture and language. The society's main purposes are:

  1. To promote a better understanding between the Netherlands and the United States of America.
  2. To preserve the customs, culture and language of the Netherlands.
  3. To contribute to the cosmopolitan characters of the American community.

We also hope to be a bridge between both countries for our members and friends to make adapting to life in the United States easier.


The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC

The Netherlands Consulate General in Chicago

Netherlands Honorary Consulate - Cleveland, OH
Arnie De la Porte
440-324-4164 (phone)
440-365-8326 (fax)
arniedlp@aol.com (email)
Please call or e-mail us for an appointment.




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Business, Education and Employment Information

The Dutch School Cleveland - 'De Taaltuin' (Language Garden)
The Dutch School Cleveland provides education in the Dutch Language and Culture. Our goal is to follow as much as possible the curriculum for language education in the Netherlands. This way our students can keep the special emotional and cultural bond with the Netherlands and, if needed, be able to continue their schooling at a Dutch school upon returning to the Netherlands. In addition we provide lessons to children that want to learn Dutch as a foreign language.

Netherlands Ohio Chamber of Commerce
More information coming soon

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Cleveland Dutch Feedback and Memories



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Dutch History and Culture


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The Netherlands

The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815.

In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II.

A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999.

In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of the Netherlands


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Profiles of Dutch in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio


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ClevelandPeople.Com - Dutch Ambassadors

Bernardine R. van Kessel
Bernardine R. van Kessel

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