2021 HPT Business Annual Meeting Review on Video
The HPT 2021 annual meeting took place on Thursday, November 18, 2021. It was held at Graham Conference Center; 812 University St, Pella, IA. The program started at 6:30 PM with around 70 guests in attendance. Bob Zylstra, President of Historic Pella Trust started the evening out by introducing the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. He shared about the highlights and accomplishments of our year and finished his presentation with our business and financial review.
Bruce Boertje and Jennifer Van Kooten then handed out awards to several homeowners in recognition of their home preservation.
Following the Awards was our special presentation from Kent and Val Van Kooten about moving their family home from downtown Pella to an acreage west of Pella.
Historic Pella Trust Preservation Awards
“The world will little note nor long remember what we say or do in our meetings, but it will never forget when structures we have saved stand proudly as sentinels of the past.” Davis & Eunice Folkerts
Let’s Move a House! and Other Adventures in Historic Preservation
Special Guest Presentation by Kent and Val Van Kooten
In December of 1998 Kent and Val Van Kooten moved their Historic brick home that was located on Main Street. It was located where the current Pella Library parking lot is. They moved it to an acreage next to her family farm west of Pella. When asked if they would do it again, they both stated it depended on the home and circumstances. Kent reflected that it is a matter of preserving craftsmanship and materials superior to what is used in most homes today. It is environmentally better to keep useable historic homes out of the landfills than it is to discard the unique architecture.
Historic Pella Trust feels that any historic home that leaves the City of Pella is a loss for the personality of our community. The original historic homes contribute to the charm of our community that is quickly disappearing to new construction. Your contributions will help HPT to protect Pella’s historic properties.