Lakewood Farm and Zoo by Valerie van Heest

$27.95

From the time of its build in 1903 as a working farm in  Holland, Michigan, to the time it closed as a farm, garden, and zoo attraction in 1933, Lakewood Farm and Zoo and the people associated with it embodied the spirit of the Progressive Era, a period in the early twentieth century during which government and individuals responded with care, responsibility, and strength to the political, economic, and social problems created by rapid industrialization in America.  

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From the time of its build in 1903 as a working farm in  Holland, Michigan, to the time it closed as a farm, garden, and zoo attraction in 1933, Lakewood Farm and Zoo and the people associated with it embodied the spirit of the Progressive Era, a period in the early twentieth century during which government and individuals responded with care, responsibility, and strength to the political, economic, and social problems created by rapid industrialization in America.  

This book reveals new information about the origin of the farm and portrays George Fulmer Getz as a nationally recognized industrialist and philanthropist who championed many of the Progressive Movements while he developed the nation’s largest private agricultural, horticultural, and zoological attraction. It includes a newly discovered collection of historic photographs and offers a rare view of this historic property today.

Globe Foundation through its donation to the 501c3 Historic Ottawa Beach Society (HOBS) has underwritten this book in honor of George F. Getz Jr.

Proceeds from book sales benefit HOBS.

 

After you have read this book, you can look forward to the opening of the Pump House Museum’s new exhibit “Holland’s Earliest Amusements,” that profiles Lakewood Farm and Zoo and Jenison Electric Park. The opening date to be announced soon.

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