Reopening RIAS, 2 October 2020

On Friday 2 October 2020 the RIAS officially reopened at its new location in the Zeeuws Archief. 

Since its initial founding as the Roosevelt Studies Center in 1986, the RIAS had been located in the Abbey in the historic center of Middelburg. The move to the Zeeuws Archief, which was effected over the course of the summer, represents a new phase in the institute’s history, one which we hope will continue to be marked by ever-closer cooperation with our partner organizations, which now also include our new hosts at the Zeeuws Archief.

Following words of welcome from RIAS Executive Director Damian Pargas and representative of the Province of Zeeland, Harry van der Maas, the reopening featured a short lecture by former colleague Dr. Hans Krabbendam, who presented his new book Saving the Overlooked Continent: American Protestant Missions in Western Europe 1940-1975. The first copy of the book was presented to the Director of the Zeeuws Archief, Dr. Hannie Kool-Blokland.

Due to the ongoing measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the official reopening took place with a limited number of invitees and was not open to the public. Hans Krabbendam’s lecture was recorded and is available here.

Harry van der Maas
Audience Reopening RIAS


Hans Krabbendam presenting book to Hannie Kool-Blokland
Small gathering outdoor