Planning 2015 and 2016, Schenectady to Nijkerk and Nijkerk to Schenectady.
Nijkerk has a strong historical bond with the U.S. city of Schenectady in the State of New York. In 1662 this city was founded by the Nijkerker Arendt van Curler.
In 1984 the former alderman Goos Terschegget sailed the Trans Atlantic solo tour to New York like Arendt Curler did and sailed the Hudson River to the site where Schenectady now exists. In Schenectady he was greeted by an enthusiastic group of fellow citizens.
The link between the two cities, which has been revived again over the past 100 years, was for the Counsel of the City of Nijkerk the reason to grant the request of the Nijkerk-Schenectady Foundation to become the twin city of Schenectady. Due to the fact that Nijkerk has the right of town for 600 years in 2013, it has been decided that during this festival the official ceremony should take place.
The signing of the protocol by both mayors and the symbolic unveiling of an access plate with this the words of this twinning took place on Friday, June 28 2013.
From that time on there is a regular exchange of groups from Nijkerk to Schenectady and from Schenectady to Nijkerk. The participants stay with host families and make acquaintance with the way of life in that country. Over the years many Nijkerkers got acquainted with this city in the United States of America and from this lasting friendship originated.
The organizing bodies: the Nijkerk-Schenectady Foundation and the Schenectady Nijkerk Foundation make for these exchanges an excellent and interesting program.
Youth from Nijkerk to Schenectady
This year an exchange of young people from Nijkerk to Schenectady wil take place.
About 10 young people will be in Schenectady from 6 Juli till 19 Juli 2018, in the age from 16 up till 18 years.
For Dutch children it is extremely instructive to meet young people of the same age and to learn and speak the English language.
Those interested can register at:
mrs T. Doornhof , Nieuwe Kerkstraat 57 A, 3864 EB Nijkerkerveen ,
phone 2571646 , email firstname.lastname@example.org
She is happy to provide further information.
Members of the board can give further formation.
More information can be found on the website of the Nijkerk-Schenectady Foundation: www.nijkerk-schenectady.nl.
Nijkerk and Schenectady officially connected
This year was for Nijkerk a year of festivities. One of those festivities was the official ceremony of the twinning. Officially the mayor of Schenectady, Gary McCarthy, represented the City of Schenectady and came to Nijkerk with his wife to take part of that ceremony. On 28 June 2013 he, together with Mayor Renkema, signed the proclamation, which was read aloud by him in the hall of the counsel.
The Mayors sign the proclamation
Children, in clothing from the time of Arend van Curler, were in front of the parade, where the American guests and the host families and friends walked. The procession was accompanied by musicians and they went to the Nijkerk Marketplace. McCarthy was very impressed with the friendliness of the Nijkerk and praised their knowledge of the English language.
After drums, the board with the text of the twin cities was revealed. This sign is placed at the entrance roads of Nijkerk. After playing some American tunes, by a combination of bands from NSFC and Concordia, the party went to the reception.
|Mayors reveil the new board|
Monday was the Nijkerk-day, where they made acquaintance with the city Nijkerk and that was done by a tour guide clothed in old clothes from the Foundation Old Nijkerk. June Ginter, one of the American guests, had a special gift for this foundation. She inherited an old Delft tile, which was given after the war to her uncle, an aviator in the war. At the back of the tile was a statement of the image stuck. The employee of the museum who received the tile was visibly moved, because as a child she lived in Rotterdam and experienced the bombing.
At the invitation of the sailing club Zuidwal there was on Wednesday a captain’s dinner, served prior to a regatta. Mayor Renkema surprised everyone by joining us with the dinner. Michael Brockbank was totally caught off guard when the mayor had addressed him. In the rush he was handed a jacket and then the mayor pinned on him the Medal of Honor of the municipality of Nijkerk in silver. Brockbank received this award for his work concerning the exchanges between Nijkerk and Schenectady for more than 25 years. Brockbank spoke words of thanks in both Dutch and English.
|An Award for Michael Brockbank and Connie Colangelo|
You can find the ceremony with Michael Brockbank on the web:
Erepenning Michael Brockbank.
Since Connie Colangelo could not be present at this trip the silver medal for her was offered by Mayor McCarthy during the council meeting on 8 July in Schenectady. Colangelo made a telephone call to us and stated that she was speechless and that she was very honored by this award. Connie Colangelo is the driving force behind the exchanges and keeping alive the Dutch history in Schenectady.
The Schenectadians, as group ranging in age from 28 to 88 years, all of them have enjoyed the activities of the celebration of 600 years Nijkerk. The (stoomdag) the Day of Steam (there were actually some antique American locomotives present) as well the Festival on 5 and 6 July made a big impression. The laser show and the stuntman on the water dancing during the laser show they found amazing. In America they do have fireworks, but no laser show. This was much better and more impressive! The Dutch think of everything: it remains clean and no air pollution.
Foundation Nijkerk Schenectady
Edith Terschegget, president of the foundation Nijkerk Schenectady, is particularly pleased that the Twin City is now finally official. “With a big smile I drive every time along the boards, which are at the main entrance roads to Nijkerk
Due to this not only Schenectady will be remembered, but also the name Arend van Curler, and that’s important: Because it is our history and every Nijkerker needs to know this! ”
The Entrance of Nijkerk