Presentation book ‘Reconstruction in East Gelderland’


First copy for councilor Bart Porskamp

By Theo Huijskes

EAST GELRE – Under the motto ‘Stronger together!’ presented the three archaeological associations in Oost Gelre municipality in the past week the book ‘Reconstruction in East Gelre’. The presentation was elaborated with the handover of the first copy to Østgelre’s municipal council. In this case, it was councilor Bart Porskamp who received the unusually colorful, professionally composed book from the working group set up for the creation of the book at the town hall in Lichtenvoorde. A book for the public, which came about thanks to the excellent cooperation between the antiquities associations from Groenlo, Lichtenvoorde and Zieuwent, the municipality of Oost Gelre and the Gelders Genootschap, which has existed for more than a hundred years.

The initiative to compile a book on reconstruction, especially in the period 1940-1965, dates back to 2012. About ten years ago, the municipal memorial committee called on the Østgelre municipal council to provide a kind of upgrade to the existing tradition. attention to and involvement with national and municipal monuments in the former municipalities of Groenlo and Lichtenvoor. Gelders Genootschap was then called in to do a quick scan. A valuable resource, as it turned out later, which mapped all potential regeneration projects in the municipality of Oost Gelre, which resulted in the green light being given to the intended book.

All this was all the more reason for councilor Porskamp to point out that he would like to give an extra compliment to the ancient associations for their joint efforts. “In addition to being a widely applicable tool for research operations in the municipality, this is also an enriching book to pass on to the next generations.”

The policy tool of the future
In his speech, prior to the presentation of the book, Roger Crols – specialist in post-war heritage and cultural history advisor at the Gelders Genootschap Association – explained, on the basis of numerous examples, why so much emphasis should still be placed on the period 1940-1965 today.

“During that period, the focus was not only on repairing war damage, including the construction of numerous residential areas, but the value of preserving monuments and preserving cultural heritage also came to the fore. It is important to share the intangible heritage with posterity. This is just to make the youth curious about this. That is why the creation of the book is so important. In addition, the book is a more than grateful tool for making the policy of the future.”

Professional approach
On behalf of the working group ‘Book Reconstruction in East Gelre’, consisting of Roger Crols, Ben Verheij (OV Groenlo), Ben Rendering (OV Lichtenvoorde) and Cecile Hulshof (OV Zieuwent), spokesman Verheij discussed the development in detail, not to mention the funding of the book.

“In addition to the municipal contribution, we have been able to call in several funds, for which I must not forget to mention the effort colleague Ben Rendering. In addition to main author Roger Crols, we are also deeply grateful to a large number of other authors, as well as to those who have taken and contributed numerous photos, whereby I, in addition to proofreader Nic Adema, must not mention Nick Oostendorp as the book’s designer. to forget. Partly because of them, the end result is characterized by a professional approach. Thanks to all partners.”

The bound book is printed in full color in an edition of 1,500 copies, and it is noted that one book is made available free of charge to each member of the three archaeological societies. Other interested parties can buy the book from VVV in Groenlo or Lichtenvoorde.

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