Local Heart, Global Soul

June 3, 2017

Family History Uncovers Many Secrets…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next part of Garderen’s Sand Sculptures delves deep into the past.

Dutch artist and illustrator Rien Poortvliet was very interesting in researching his family tree and finding out more about the family ancestors.

The information board translates as: “The treasure of Jacob Janz Poortvliet
After the publication of his book: “Langs het tuinpad van mijn vaderen“** , Rien’s search for his earlier ancestors  ends with a story about a  luxurious cupboard owned by Jacob Janz in 1556.

How would Jacob Janz have looked? …and what would he have witnessed as an inhabitant of Goes on Zuid Beverland in the 16th century?”
These are the sort of sand sculptures that are more my style. Regular readers will know that I love old, historical stuff and an old family story added to the equation?

So many unanswered questions: Was the cupboard inherited, sold, lost,stolen?Why was it a big deal?  Were there other valuable pieces of furniture? Were they rich? There are so many stories hidden inside family trees.

Himself can trace his family back to around this time, apparently the black sheep of the family was a lady who was an astute wealthy publican, she owned several businesses on the premises, one of them a brothel upstairs. She herself sold beer “and extras” too. Family history uncovers many secrets.
(**Kiwi’s note: This book was never published in the English language but the title translates as: “Along the garden path of my forefathers”)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival


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