From Calvin College to Navajo Chairman – Part II

From Calvin College to Navajo Chairman – Part II

This blogpost continues the story of Paul Jones. He had become connected to Christian Reformed Church in the early 1900s, as a boy and young man at the residential school and CRC mission in Tohatchi, NM. He had lived in New Jersey with a CRC 

From Calvin College to Navajo Chairman – Part I

From Calvin College to Navajo Chairman – Part I

This blogpost is part one of two on Paul Jones, a Calvin College preparatory school student from 1917-1918 who became chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council in 1955. But first a few observations about the photo that inspired the two blogposts. *** The “cover” image 

Dutch-Indonesian Immigrants, Segregation, and the CRC in the 1950s

Dutch-Indonesian Immigrants, Segregation, and the CRC in the 1950s

On 21 March 1956, my grandparents, Arie and Martha Verhagen boarded KLM flight 603 with their two small children from Amsterdam to New York City. A week earlier they had received visas under the Refugee Relief Act of 1953, allowing their immigration to the United 

What Diaries—Fictional and Real—Can Teach Us About History

What Diaries—Fictional and Real—Can Teach Us About History

Even as a kid I was a history nerd. It started with the American Girl dolls and branched into Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series, Little Women, and Anne of Green Gables. My sister, our friends, and I would dress up in