De Hollandsche Molen

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Vereniging De Hollandsche Molen
Founded 15 May 1923
Area served
ca. 5000[1]
Key people
N. Papineau Salm (chairman)

Vereniging De Hollandsche Molen (Dutch pronunciation: [vəˈreːnəɣɪŋ də ˈɦɔlɑntsə ˈmoːlə(n)]) (English: Dutch Windmill Association)[2] is a Dutch organization founded in 1923 to preserve windmills in the Netherlands, to document them, and to restore them. Financial support comes from members and from grants by organizations such as the BankGiro Loterij (nl) (a Dutch lottery).[1][3] Their website provides access to a database which documents some 1400 mills in the Netherlands; "Het Nederlands Molenbestand" is authoritative on the topic.[4] The organization is often given credit for organizing a powerful and effective lobby aimed at procuring money from Dutch government institutions to fund restoration projects.[5]

Its former president Frederik Stokhuyzen was one of the foremost scholars on Dutch windmills; a recently revised edition of his 1961 book Molens is still the standard book on the topic.[6]

In 1981, Prince Claus of the Netherlands became the organization's patron, and attended ten ceremonies at which windmills were reopened;[7] at his death in 2002 the 12 windmills owned and operated by the organization had their sails set in the "mourning position,"[8][9] with the lowest sail fixed and set slightly to the right.[10] His son, Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, became the next patron.[11][12] In August 2014 former queen Beatrix of the Netherlands took over as patron from her son.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Verkort Jaarverslag 2008" (PDF). De Hollandsche Molen. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  2. ^ Kinney, Laura (1991-10-18). "Dutch press to save their windmills". Chicago Tribune. p. 32. 
  3. ^ "Nieuw bij de AVRO : 'BankGiro Loterij Restauratie'". TV-Visie. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Bladeren door geschiedenisweb..." Geschiedenisweb. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  5. ^ Alblas, A.M. (2008-04-07). "Kritiek op nieuwe monumentenregeling". Reformatorisch Dagblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-08-19. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Panhuis, Bert van (2007-08-15). "Molens op 'n rij". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Organisaties verliezen hun beschermheer". Nederlands Dagblad (in Dutch). 2002-10-08. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Uitvaart prins Claus dinsdag 15 oktober". Nederlands Dagblad (in Dutch). 2002-10-07. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  9. ^ "Toerist kan Delft beter mijden". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 2002-10-08. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  10. ^ "'Prins Claus had hart voor vreemdeling'". Reformatorisch Dagblad (in Dutch). 2002-10-08. Retrieved 2009-08-19. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Historisch molencomplex Schermer hersteld". Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant (in Dutch). 2006-09-27. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  12. ^ Hulsman, W.G. (2008-09-26). "Friso: geen reservekoning, gewoon adviseur". Reformatorisch Dagblad (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  13. ^ "Beatrix neemt erefunctie Friso over" (in Dutch). Trouw. 17 August 2014.