"My husband and I came here from the Netherlands in 1866. We lived in New Jersey for a time but then decided to move to Michigan; there were a lot of Dutch here and we thought we'd feel at home. We opened a grocery and were doing very well; when my husband died I took over."
- Mary Hengst, white female, age 48
Photo captions: Interior of Harris Grocery Store, Kalamazoo, circa 1900 (KVM collection); Trunk used by Dutch immigrants to Kalamazoo, 1863 (KVM collection); Dutch immigrant woman in 1889 (Library of Congress collection); Tea cozy made in Holland and used by local Den Bleyker family, circa 1860s (KVM collection).
Historic images of grocery stores in KVM collections:
People's Market exterior
To find more historic photographs and artifacts related to grocery stores or Dutch immigrants in Kalamazoo, visit KVM's searchable collections database.