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Prominent Gelderlanders


Prominent Gelderlanders

5 digitised interviews

Gelderland Heritage


Investigating whether and how the collection can be archived and made public

Interviews with striking Gelderlanders

Mien van der Meulen-Nulle
(The Hague, 17 March 1884 – Winterswijk, 8 January 1982)

Louisa Wilhelmina (Mien) van der Meulen-Nulle was a Dutch teacher of lace technology and director of the Royal Dutch Lace School in The Hague.

Nulle studied useful handicrafts at the Industrieschool voor Meisjes in The Hague. She came into contact with lace through books. She received additional lessons from Elisabeth Manhave, a former pupil of the lace school in Sluis. In 1903, she taught at the Lace School, then based in Apeldoorn. At the age of 22, she became headmistress of the lace school in 1906 when it moved to The Hague. She was given access to an attached studio. She designed the cradle cover for Princess Juliana in 1909. On the occasion of a parade in Leiden depicting the entry of Frederik Hendrik in 1629, she designed several 17th-century lace based on paintings in 1910. It earned several awards.


Louis Frequin
(Arnhem, 29 July 1914 – Berg en Dal, 13 October 1998)

Interview on 11 August 1976 (tape 1 missing – interview 28 April 1976)

Louis Hendrik Antonius (Louis) Frequin was a Dutch journalist, author and resistance fighter. Louis Frequin was married and had eight children, the oldest of whom, Willibrord Frequin, is the best known.

Louis Frequin was Roman Catholic and had worked in journalism since 1930. Former editor-in-chief of the Gelderlander and the Nieuwe Krant.


Herman Martinus Oldenhof
(Apeldoorn, 17 September 1899 – Ede, 11 April 1985)

Interviewer J.P. Gansenbrink, 21 July 1977

Oldenhof was a Dutch mayor. He was a member of the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP). Oldenhof was mayor of the municipalities of Lopik, Jaarsveld and Willige Langerak from 1929 to 1936. He then served as mayor of Kampen from 1936 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1952.

Oldenhof left for the municipality of Ede, where he was mayor until 1962. Under his administration, the municipality grew from 47,656 to 60,162 inhabitants and much was invested in new education and infrastructure. In 1962, he became deputy of the province of Gelderland. He continued to live in Ede, though. Here he died in 1985 at the age of 85 in retirement home De Klinkenberg.



Jan Taminiau
(1 April 1903 – 17 July 1993)

Interviewer G. J. Mentink, 16 October 1975

Taminiau was director of the Gelderland fruit processing company Taminiau Elst Overbetuwe (TEO)


Jan Hendrik de Groot
(Alkmaar 13 March 1901 – Zeist 1 December 1990)

Jan H. de Groot was a poet, journalist in Arnhem.

In 1948, he became editor of Het Vrije Volk in Arnhem and from 1950 until his retirement in 1966, he was press chief of the AKU in Arnhem. From 1950 to 1962, he was secretary and treasurer of the Dutch branch of the international authors’ association PEN.

STUK, a history 1977-2015

Stuk, een gechiedenis

Marleen Brock

Publisher Hannibal, 2015


In spring 2015, STUK celebrated. For 37.5 years, the Leuven arts centre has been at the artistic forefront. A book (STUK, a history 1977-2015; Hannibal Publishing House) and an exhibition (Was it now ‘t Stuc, STUC or STUK?; STUK Expozaal) underlined this contrarian anniversary. At the same time, the historical retrospection served to pause for a moment and look back, only to choose a new future as the House for Dance, Sound and Vision. Yet such a radical change of direction is by no means unique in historical perspective. Reinventing itself is in the DNA of the organisation, as a logical consequence of the constant search for artistic renewal.


In this smoothly written book, cultural historian Marleen Brock (KU Leuven) tells the story of 37.5 years of STUK – not a nicely rounded anniversary, but as contrary as the arts centre itself. Amusing anecdotes and quotes from interviews with key figures, photos, posters and documents bring the rich history to life.

Footsteps in the Horst

Jan van Kraaij (r) en Rien de Haas drijven varkens op voor de slacht. (ca 1965) Foto genomen ter hoogte van de Jongensschool. © Voetstappen in De Horst

Sjaak Janssen, Ruud van Kraaij, Gerard Merkus, Wil van den Dobbelsteen en Gerrit Wolbrink

Voetstappen in de Horst – ‘n Stukje geschiedenis van een Drutense wijk
Uitgever: Studio Pannekoek

ISBN: 9789071059377

De Horst, that was Druten’s working-class neighbourhood when Hooistraat was the place to be.

Through the names of then, the authors came to the descendants of now. And to their stories. ,,It is oral history. Through the people we spoke to, we got hold of as many as two hundred photos”. They started with a paltry handful of pictures.
Of 26 families, they managed to trace their history in De Horst. And a wealth of material and anecdotes. Life stories. They try to go back to the early 19th century.


Bert Peters en Joke Vos op de brommer, Ria Vos en Thera Peters ernaast. © Voetstappen in De Horst


The book “Footsteps in the Horst” contains over 85 pages about a piece of history of that neighbourhood in Druten with some 30 stories about people and families of the past and present. Wonderful stories and anecdotes, told by the former residents themselves and their family members. A map of the Horst neighbourhood from around 1950 has a central place in the book. It shows all the properties in the Horst and the adjoining Waalbandijk, Nieuwstraat, Ambthuisstraat and Hooistraat, then still an important shopping street in Druten. On that map, these streets and also the Merkuspaadje and Pepermuntstraatje are inscribed, referring to a list of the names of the then residents, street names and house numbers. The interviews and stories describe the ups and downs of the residents.

About the difficult living conditions, often “klaore arremoei” , in the Horst itself and about the affairs of residents and businesses. Residents describe their often difficult lives in houses that were actually uninhabitable, but now, half a century later, they sometimes feel nostalgic about that past. Community spirit, helping each other when needed, was especially strong. Almost everyone had as little to spend. Photos, often from family albums, confirm the simplicity of life in the Horst at the time. The book also pays attention to the new Horst. After the demolition of the old neighbourhood, construction company Van de Klok occupied almost the entire site. After the construction company moved to Nijmegen, the same builder transformed the Horst into a modern residential area. The result of that metamorphosis is also given ample attention in this book. With the realisation of this beautiful book, the working group has achieved its objective of recording, fifty years after the departure of the last residents of the old Horst, how life was and is now in that special residential area, situated between the centre of Druten and the Waalbandijk.



Living with water in Gelderland, past and present

Oral history stories about historical water management

Leven met water


Living with water and drought is not only an issue today but also in the past. What did you do as a farmer if the Slinge flooded? How did estates ensure sufficient water in canals and ponds? How did a copper mill work? What was water management like in the past and today?

Farmers, estate owners, (retired) employees, dike wardens, water board heirs, water millers and stream volunteers told their stories.

Map Tour oral history Living with water:

Since 2016, volunteers from the Oral History Working Group Gelderland have been recording life stories about historical water management in order to make the work of the water authorities (past and present) visible. All kinds of people have been interviewed: a laundry owner, volunteers who maintain streams and springs, estate owners, farmers, millers, people who experienced dike breaches up close. How did they live with water?

This is a special project because these stories have been recorded province-wide for the first time.
All the stories can be read via a map tour on the website of Landschapsbeheer Gelderland.

Notable Bommelaars

With fifty notable Bommelaars fifty years back in time

In the past fifty years Zaltbommel has grown from a sleepy little town on the river Waal into a modern city in the middle of the country. In this book well-known Bommelaars tell how life has changed in Zaltbommel. 

Former general practitioner and writer Paul van Dijk has chronicled the history of half a century of Zaltbommel on the basis of fifty interviews. Notable inhabitants of Zaltbommel tell about the recent history of the church, art, education, the police, the housing market, politics, the multicultural society and about their love for their city. 


On the basis of these stories, discover how a city changes and how we continue to write history together, even today. 


The notable Bommelaars have been portrayed by photographer André Dieterman. The book therefore not only gives you a special picture of the recent past of Zaltbommel, but because of the beautiful photographs it is also a unique reading and viewing book that should not be missing on any reading table.