Vrouwekerk, Leiden Memorial Plaque to Be Dedicated

Bi-Lingual Vrouwekerk Plaque designed by Jeremy D. Bangs, PhD. Photo: Max EijsboutsThe Leiden, Holland, city fathers have announced the date for the dedication of a bronze plaque on our Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011 just before the American Thanksgiving Day service in the Pieterskerk. The ceremony marks the culmination of the decade long project to save the remains of the Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady, the former Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary), the building that was assigned by the City of Leiden in the late 16th century to he French Reformed (Walloon or Huguenot) refugees. The remains had been threatened with removal earlier this decade and were saved through the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Bangs, Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum.

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Betty Persons (1922-2010)

Virginia Elizabeth Persons, known to all as “Betty,” our society's 2005 Most Distinguished Pilgrim Award winner and long-time board member and Social Events Committee chair, died November 27, 2010.

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