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Dutch government bestows knighthood honor on PEF member

Dr. Janny Venema, the assistant director of the New Netherland Research Center at the state Library, has been appointed Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau by the Netherlands government.

This prestigious honor came as a complete surprise to Venema, who was presented the medal in September by Dolph Hogewoning, consul-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“The consul-general was speaking and thanking people at a dinner held at Yono’s in Albany, but he did not mention my name,” said Venema, a 33-year PEF member.
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