‘Achterhoekers and West-Münsterländer adrift’

Apr 5, 08:38



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Exhibition on emigration in museum De Wereld van Wetters

WINTERSWIJK – Six to seven thousand people emigrated from the Achterhoek alone in fifty years, of which almost 2700 people from Winterswijk. Almost a third of the rural population went abroad as emigrants. Where do we see that today? How topical is this subject due to the refugee flow from Ukraine? Why did they leave and where did they go? Many questions that prompted an emigration working group consisting of the Euregional Historical Documentation Center, the Stichting Historische Kring Kotten, the Heimatvereine Oeding and Mussum (near Bocholt) to put the forgotten subject on the map. There is an exhibition on this subject in the Wereld van Wenters from 8 to 30 April.

History revived when a distant relative from the States came to the Achterhoek for a visit. Larger and more focused were the exchanges between Kotten and Clymer, NY. in the eighties and nineties of the last century. Here and there a book and an article were devoted to it. The working group believes that the subject is topical and wants to draw attention to the general public and education by means of an exhibition. Schools are cordially invited.

The exhibition is built up experience-oriented. The exhibition can be experienced in two ways. As a departing emigrant and as a Remainer of emigrants. A lot of information is provided about both perspectives. What was life like here and what was involved if one had decided to emigrate?

Then the journey to the ports, boarding, the boat trip itself, arrival in the US with formidable interrogation and then the route to the place of residence. Parallels with later migrations are briefly discussed. Given the current importance of the subject, the municipalities of Aalten, Bocholt and Winterswijk support this initiative financially with Euregio and the Prince Bernhard Fund.

When can the exhibition be seen?

From Saturday 8 April to Saturday 30 April.

In the World of Wents, Meddosestraat 40 in Winterswijk.

Opening hours: Saturday from 11.00 to. 5 p.m. and on weekdays from Tuesday to. Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Entrance: € 4.00 per person

Press release: exhibition about emigration in museum De Wereld van Wents

“Achterhoekers and West-Münsterländer adrift”

Did my family go too?

Six to seven thousand people emigrated from the Achterhoek alone in fifty years, of which almost 2700 from Winterswijk. Almost a third of the rural population went abroad as emigrants. Where do we see that today? How topical is this subject due to the refugee flow from Ukraine? Why did they leave and where did they go? Many questions that prompted an emigration working group consisting of the Euregional Historical Documentation Center, the Stichting Historische Kring Kotten, the Heimatvereine Oeding and Mussum (near Bocholt) to put the forgotten subject on the map.

History was alive when a distant relative from the States came to the Achterhoek for a visit. Larger and more focused were the exchanges between Kotten and Clymer, NY. in the eighties and nineties of the last century. Here and there a book and an article were devoted to it. The working group believes that the subject is topical and wants to draw attention to the general public and education by means of an exhibition. Schools are cordially invited.

The exhibition is built up experience-oriented. The exhibition can be experienced in two ways. As a departing emigrant and as a Remainer of emigrants. A lot of information is provided about both perspectives. What was life like here and what was involved if one had decided to emigrate?

Then the journey to the ports, boarding, the boat trip itself, arrival in the US with formidable interrogation and then the route to the place of residence. Parallels with later migrations are briefly discussed. Given the current importance of the subject, the municipalities of Aalten, Bocholt and Winterswijk support this initiative financially with Euregio and the Prince Bernhard Fund.

When can the exhibition be seen?

From Saturday 8 April to Saturday 30 April.

In the World of Wents, Meddosestraat 40 in Winterswijk.

Opening hours: Saturday from 11.00 to. 5 p.m. and on weekdays from Tuesday to.

Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Entrance: € 4.00 per person

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