Friday, September 4, 2015

BOISSEVAIN | Reunion, Amsterdam, April 16-17, 2016 (Updated June 25, 2016)

The Boissevain Foundation has announced that the next Boissevain family reunion is scheduled for April 16-17, 2016.

It will be held in the Walenkerk in downtown Amsterdam. The Walenkerk is the Old Walloon Church – a Protestant church building in Amsterdam, along the southern stretch of Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal. The building dates to the late 15th century and has been in use as Walloon church since 1586. Every Sunday at 11 a.m. church services are held there in French. I visited the Church with Charles and Aviva Boissevain in February 2015.

The church is known for its excellent acoustics and is frequently used for concerts and music recordings. The building has held rijksmonument status since 1970.The painter Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) and the scientist Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680) are buried in the church. Elizabeth Timothy (1702-1757), the first female American newspaper editor and publisher, was most likely christened there. The painter Vincent van Gogh visited the church regularly in the 1870s to attend sermons delivered by his uncle Johannes Paulus Stricker.

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