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The first Dutch settlement in Alberta The first Dutch settlement in Alberta

Letters from the Pioneers Years 1903-1914

by Sinnema, Don

Translated for the first time from Dutch to English, this collection of letters offers a unique perspective on the early pioneer years of the Dutch community in southern Alberta. The letters provide first-hand accounts of the preparations to immigrate, the hardship of the pioneer years, and the rapid transformation from the most basic homesteading conditions to progressive rural communities, including the towns of Granum, Monarch and Nobleford. Within just a decade, new railroads, towns, churches, school and even telephone service were established. Based on extensive research, especially in Dutch language newspapers, the book also includes a homestead map, photographs, and appendices listing all the Dutch homesteaders and settlers in the district between the years of 1903 and 1914. The book truly is an invaluable collection of primary source material that offers a wealth of information to genealogists and historians, and celebrates the pioneering spirit of Alberta’s early Dutch community. The author was raised in the community and earned his PhD in historical theology. He is a professor at Trinity Christian College in Illinois.

Paperback, 392 pages, illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, lists of early settlers with places of origin

USD 34.95 / CAD 34.95

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