Inspired by the American Guide Series of the Federal Writers Project, Digital Holland is a publicly accessible website that hosts research about the communities that include and surround Hope College. The website,, was developed by students in the college’s Mellon Scholars Program, a three-year curriculum of digitally-enabled collaborative research and experiential education funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The website features engaging galleries and pages covering a wide variety of topics, divided into the subcategories of people, places, events, businesses & organizations, transportation & technology, and art & culture, highlighting the diversity and historical importance of the Holland community. The site also hosts relevant artifacts including images, audio, and video files shared with permission by the Joint Archives of Holland and the Holland Museum. For example, the page “RCA & CRC Split” includes an interactive timeline produced by Mellon Scholars that features audio interviews, pictures, and video relating to the split of the Reformed Church in America and the Christian Reformed Church. The project continues to grow, as Hope College students, Mellon Scholars, and community members contribute to the site.  Additionally, as the site enters its second year, it received a redesign during the 2015 summer.  The project provides Mellon Scholars with not only the opportunity to share their research digitally, but also to develop their coding and digital design skills via a WordPress child theme.

Hope Hancock

Hope College