Haarlemmermeer (Noord-Holland, Netherlands)
Haarlemmermeer, formerly a lake, now a polder, situated between the cities of Haarlem, Amsterdam, and Leiden in the Dutch province of North Holland. The lake was impoldered in 1848-1852. The fertile soil of the polder (about 4,500 acres), surrounded by a dike, is 10-15 feet below sea level. Fifty-two per cent of it is arable land (cabbage seed, wheat, flax, potatoes; also some vegetables and flower bulbs) and 15 per cent is pasture. The principal town is Hoofddorp (pop. 3,700 in 1955). Most of the Mennonites living in this polder formerly belonged to the congregation of Haarlem; some of them also were members of the church of Aalsmeer. They usually also joined the Nederlandsche Protestantenbond, a union of liberal Protestants founded at Hoofddorp on 24 September 1890, by L. van Cleeff, the Mennonite pastor of Aalsmeer. In 1912 the congregation of Haarlem founded a church for this group, with a building dedicated on 25 February 1912, by Pastor W. Luikinga of Aalsmeer. In 1946 this group was organized as an independent Mennonite congregation and called as its pastor in the same year Miss T. G. Siccama, who had already served as a pastor of the Protestantenbond since 1945. She served until 1949, and was succeeded by N. Treffers-Mesdag in 1953. The membership in 1955 was 165. There was a women's circle, a choir, and a Sunday school for children at that time.
Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1912): 223.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: I, 344
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 617. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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