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Title: Luurt Holstein Collection, 1885-1925Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/111

Primary Creator: Luurt Holstein (1866-1929)

Extent: 1.0 Box. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Subjects: Knickerbocker, Onze Toekomst

Forms of Material: Meditations


Editor of Onze Toekomst. The collection includes papers given at youth and other society meetings, meditations, notes, clippings, biographical material, articles, scrapbooks with historical and Dutch geographical topics, and an address given on September 8, 1898, in Chicago to commemorate the inauguration of Wilhelmina as Queen of the Netherlands.

Biographical Note

Luurt was born in Leens, Province of Groningen, the Netherlands, October 18, 1866. As a young man, he was active in the Christian Young Men’s Society. At eighteen he was already writing devotional for the youth group. Articles under the pseudonym “L van L” appeared in the New Provincial Groningen Newspaper. One subject of abiding interest was Christian education.

When Luurt moved to America in 1888, he began working on a farm in the Chicago area. Later he was a salesman and a bookkeeper. He was always improving his ability to write and maintained a keen interest in worthwhile books. Towards the end of his life he spent twelve years in real estate.

When Second Englewood Christian Reformed Church was organized in 1903, Luurt Holstein became a charter member. He was active in the Sunday school and in the youth organization. Later he was leader of the Men’s Bible Class. Many of his meditations were written for the men’s group.

For eleven years Luurt served as editor of Onze Toekomst. Not only did he write editorials on current issues, but he often wrote on Dutch history and literature.

Interest in Dutch history and literature prompted him to serve as president of the Algemeen Nederlandsch Verbond; to promote the establishment of a chair for the teaching of Dutch language, art, and literature at the University of Chicago; function as a member and officer of the “Aangenaam Door Vriendschap en Nuttig Door Oefening” society and support through membership and literary contributions the program of the Knickerbocker Society of Chicago.

Before his death, Luurt was preparing a series of articles on Dutch proverbs for Onze Toekomst.

The editor of Onze Toekomst who succeeded Holstein wrote that “there was always a genuine discernable in our friend for the service of the Lord his God. The Lord Jesus Christ had found a place in his heart and life.”

Psalm 73:24 was considered a fitting text descriptive of the life of Luurt Holstein, who died August 30, 1929. He lived with the conviction that all of his life he was guided according to the counsel of the Lord. After the funeral service in Chicago at the Second Englewood Christian Reformed Church, his body was brought to Muskegon, Michigan, for internment.

After the death of his first wife and their two infant daughters, Luurt had married Jessie Veldman of Muskegon, in 1903. The two daughters of the second marriage, Louise and Marion, presented the Holstein collection to Heritage Hall in 1984.

Subject/Index Terms

Onze Toekomst

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 cubic ft.

Acquisition Source: Gift of L. and M. Holstein

Other Note: Collection in Dutch with typewritten English translation.

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Series 1Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: E. R. Post and Misses L. and M. Holstein --- 1969-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Papers for youth meetings in the Netherlands --- 1880sAdd to your cart.
Item 1: The Heroic Death of Samson --- December 1885Add to your cart.
Item 2: Skating in the Netherlands --- December 1885Add to your cart.
Item 3: The Religion of the Batavians --- July 1886Add to your cart.
Item 4: Character and conduct of the Batavians --- July 1886Add to your cart.
Item 5: De Vliegende HollanderAdd to your cart.
Item 6: A Little Trip from Elba --- December 1886Add to your cart.
Item 7: Anxiety vs. Serenity --- 1887Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Papers for special occasions --- 1886-1898Add to your cart.
Item 1: Devotional talk at annual festival of YMCA --- 1886Add to your cart.
Item 2: The need for "society" life in our nineteenth century --- 1897Add to your cart.
Item 3: Commemorative oration --- September 1898Add to your cart.
Item 4: Our calling --- 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meditations for Men's Bible Class, Second Englewood CRC --- 1906-1919Add to your cart.
Item 1: Whosoever shall confess, Matthew 10:32,33Add to your cart.
Item 2: New Year's first Sunday, Ecclesiastes 3:16Add to your cart.
Item 3: Jesus wept, John 11:35Add to your cart.
Item 4: Value of meditation, Joshua 1:8Add to your cart.
Item 5: Confession, Matthew 10:32,33Add to your cart.
Item 6: Regeneration, John 3:3Add to your cart.
Item 7: Covenant of GraceAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Abraham KuyperAdd to your cart.
Item 9: What is Higher CriticismAdd to your cart.
Item 10: FreemasonryAdd to your cart.
Item 11: Comfort from pre-millennialistic viewAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for devotional talks for Christelijke Jongelings Vereeningen or Algemeen Nederlandsch Verbond --- 1906-1919Add to your cart.
Item 1: John 3:3Add to your cart.
Item 2: Luke 12:30Add to your cart.
Item 3: Matthew 6-9:13Add to your cart.
Item 4: Romans 5:12Add to your cart.
Item 5: Psalm 130:4Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Timely Topics for Algemeen Nederlandsch Verbond --- 1900-1910Add to your cart.
Item 1: UnionismAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Secret societiesAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Netherlands and IsraelAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Timely topics for Knickerbock Society of Chicago or Men's Bible Class --- 1920sAdd to your cart.
Item 1: KloosterburenAdd to your cart.
Item 2: The Hand of God in Modern HistoryAdd to your cart.
(Dutch and English)
Item 3: The Siege and Relief of Leyden and Leyden's University --- 1574Add to your cart.
Item 4: The Influence of Holland in the United StatesAdd to your cart.
Item 5: In the World But Not of itAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Timely topics from Onze Toekomst --- [1910-1920]Add to your cart.
(Dutch and English)
Item 1: Public Funds for Christian EducationAdd to your cart.
Item 2: In Commemoration of the Pilgrim Fathers --- 1920Add to your cart.
Item 3: Whither Do We Go? --- 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Uit de oude doos.  Series of Dutch articles in Onze ToekomstAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: From the Old Scrapbook.  Translation of series of articles from Onze ToekomstAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Ecclesiastic censure --- 1672Add to your cart.
Item 2: Duties of consistory membersAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Tower clock and "Jacquenauts"Add to your cart.
Item 4: Mozart's youthAdd to your cart.
Item 5: A church in Norman TimesAdd to your cart.
Item 6: The church of St. Francis of AssisiAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Teaching in former daysAdd to your cart.
Item 8: The University of LeydenAdd to your cart.
Item 9: "Grafters" of former agesAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Maintenance of lawbreakers in the beginning of the eighteenth centuryAdd to your cart.
Item 11: The Prince who had little to sayAdd to your cart.
Item 12: The Statue of ErasmusAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Prayer for civil authoritiesAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Excerpts from Martial LawAdd to your cart.
Item 15: The court-bearAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Stavoren's little ladyAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Beleg en ontzet van Groningen, 1672, twelve historical incidents. Dutch copy in Onze Toekomst --- 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Siege and liberation of Groningen, 1672 --- (1922)Add to your cart.
English translation
Folder 14: Dutch Proverbs.  Series of eighteen proverbs in Onze Toekomst.  Introduction to series and list of seventeen proverbs (Dutch and English equivalents)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Its our vote.  The traction ordinance.  Onze Toekomst --- 1925Add to your cart.
Dutch and English translations
Folder 16: Dutch-American nomenclature, lecture of Knickerbocker Society of Chicago --- 1926Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Dutch Heritage Center, article in Trinity Christian College quarterly bulletin --- Summer 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 18: News clippings, sundry subjects, including marriage of Princess Beatrix --- 1966Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook with press clippings of cities and villages of the NetherlandsAdd to your cart.

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