March 27, 2009
Martin van Buren and Clifford M. Holland
It may be of great interest to visit Lindenwald in Kinderhook, NY. It is the presidential museum of Martin Van Buren, who was the first president
of the USA to be born an American citizen of Dutch descent. He was known as the "Red Fox of Kinderhook". It is 22O acre farm outside of Albany and if you can't get there from Holland, you can always take the virtual tour on their website, which is very interesting.
Incidentally, someone has mentioned on your website that the Holland Tunnel is representative of Dutch influence, but that is inaccurate. The tunnel is
named after Clifford M. Holland, who was the engineer from Somerset, Massachusetts. It was considered at the time to be an engineering wonder of the world and unfortunately, Mr. Holland died before it opened which is why the tunnel is named after him.
Meg le Cote