EXHIBITS

Our permanent and rotating exhibits are located in Heritage Hall at the Historical Village.

2021 Feature Exhibit: Pella "Before" and "Besides" the Dutch

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“Pella Before and Besides the Dutch” explores who else has lived in the Pella area, from Native Americans who were here first, to those who came with the coal mines and railroads, to more recent immigrants. Although we are proud of our strong Dutch heritage, it is important to recognize that many other have made Pella the beautiful community that it is. This exhibit will be open for the 2021 season.

Pella Artists, 1880s-1980s

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Pella has seen many artists over the decades, including both immigrants from the Netherlands and native-born "Pella-cans." Our collection of artwork is extensive, and this exhibit gives a small taste of it. Come see the works of Cornelius A. Bartels, Leonora Keables Scholte, Ed Le Cocq, and many others.

Gouda Pottery, 1898-1963

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Our Gouda Pottery Collection is one of the largest in North America. Pronounced "how-da," Gouda is a city in the Netherlands known for its cheese and its abundance of clay. The production of decorative Gouda pottery began in the late nineteenth century, extending through the 1920s. Due to the depression and World War II, production and sales declined in the twentieth century, making it very rare today. Come see our beautiful collection, recently donated by Richard Dexter of Beloit, Wisconsin.

Dutch Costume Exhibit

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The Dutch costume exhibit features costumes from all over the Netherlands, spanning many time periods, provinces, and villages. Dutch costumes often symbolize different aspects of the person wearing it, such as religious denomination, marriage status, or stage of mourning.

Learn about the traditions of different costumes, from tip of the hat to bottom of the wooden shoe!

Goliath: Dutch Street Organ

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Our Dutch street organ, dubbed Goliath, was built between 1884 and 1900 in Belgium. It eventually made its way to Pella, where it is now on display in Heritage Hall. Goliath has nine hundred pipes that produce each sound, and it plays by "reading" slotted books with a pinbox, each slot telling it where to send compressed air. Goliath comes out to play a few times a year, but you can see him at rest whenever PHSM is open.