“For many folks in the area, this is a symbol of Dutch frugality and ingenuity,” Holland Museum Executive Director Thea Grigsby said.
The idea to acquire the sofa for the museum’s collection was headed up by a private party and its $1,800 purchase from the federal government was funded by private donations.
The museum took possession of the sofa on Monday.
Prior to it being formally accessioned into the museum’s collection — after which it will be treated as a rarefied collections object with restrictions on its handling and storage — the sofa will make a brief appearance on Saturday at the museum’s Kentucky Derby Party fundraiser. Hoekstra and his family are the guests of honor for the event.
“At first glance, this is just a piece of furniture,” said Stacey Tvedten, the museum’s collections manager. “But when interpreted, it’s an educational tool and a catalyst for discussions on national issues like economics, politics and civics in the late 20th and early 21st century.”
The Holland Museum is located at 31 W. 10th St.