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At noon on Wednesday, April 30, as part of the History Is Lunch Series, MDAH historians Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan will present Patriots without a Country: Flight and Fight, the final chapter in the international story of Jackson’s Flying Dutchman.

The saga follows a local war bride, her husband’s amazing flight from a war-torn continent, and the dauntless efforts of Holland’s most daring airmen. At age sixteen Jan Veenstra set out to escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. After fourteen months of hardship and starvation Veenstra came to Jackson and trained as a fighter pilot at the Royal Netherlands Military Flying School. Along with his countrymen Willem Bakhuys Roozeboom and Charles Schillmoller, Veenstra was deployed to the South Pacific and tasked with one of the most dangerous Dutch operations of World War II.

Originally from Louisiana, Amanda Lyons earned her B.A. in history at Belhaven College, where she featured the Dutch fliers as the subject of her senior thesis. Lyons has worked at the Department of Archives and History since 2009. Also a graduate of Belhaven College and a lifelong Mississippian, Will Morgan has worked at MDAH for nearly nine years. He conducts research on behalf of genealogists and scholars from around the world and assists local and state governments, particularly in the areas of elections, courts, and colonial and territorial history.

Patriots without a Country will expand upon the story told in the 2013 MPB documentary Dutch Wings over Jackson, which was built around much of the work carried out by Lyons and Morgan. The full film is viewable here.

This program will be held in the House of Representatives Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.




May 7: MDAH historian Jeff Giambrone will present "To Die by the Flag Rather than Disgrace It: Black Mississippians Who Served in the Union Army During the Civil War." This program will be held in the Old Capitol Museum.
May 14: Sade Turnipseed, Delta Renaissance, will present “The Legacy of the Cotton Pickers of the South.”
May 21: MDAH volunteer staff coordinator Elizabeth Coleman will report on the varied roles of volunteers at MDAH sites.
May 28: Historian Aram Goudsouzian will talk about his new book Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear.


For more information about any of these programs, contact the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


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