- Dr. William Katerberg
- Curator of Heritage Hall
Director of the Mellema Program in Western American Studies
Professor of History
- Hekman Library 248 (Map)
- (616) 526-6047 (personal office), (616) 526-6916 (archives)
- Redeemer University College, Canada
- B.A., Calvin College, MI
- M.A., University of Notre Dame, IN
- M.A., Ph.D., Queen’s University, Canada
Over the years, to get away and relax, I’ve traveled far afield, to places like Peru and India, and tempted fate by climbing the occasional mountain and jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. My current hobbies are a little more sedate and safe—mountain biking and road biking, brewing beer, and photography. You can see some of my photography at my photography blog on WordPress or on my photography portfolio.
I am the curator of Heritage Hall, the archives for Calvin University, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
I am also the director of the Mellema Program in Western American Studies.
You can also find me in my office in the Historical Studies department in Hiemenga 472.
- The North American West
- Native American history
- Dutch North American history
- Digital Humanities
With Carol Higham at UNCC, I am working on a book on Senator Henry L. Dawes and his daughter Anna Laurens Dawes, both of whom were influential in promoting reform movements and legislation that promoted the acculturation of Native Americans to modern U.S. life and values.
I also am working on rephotography projects. One explores Dutch American and local history sites in West Michigan and Michigan more widely. A second will focus on Reformed churches on the Plains. Rephotography, or repeat photography, involves photographing a landscape or cityscape in its current state and comparing it to old photographs. It is a way of exploring change and continuity visually. You can see some examples here and here and here.
Finally, I am editor of Origins, the magazine published by Heritage Hall, and Origins Online, the blog of Heritage Hall.
Immigration Debates in America
by William Katerberg
Published: May 15, 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-937555-48-1
Conquests and Consequences: The American West from Frontier to Region
by Carol L. Higham, William H Katerberg
Published: August 18, 2009
The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity
by William Katerberg, Miroslav Volf
Published: April 1, 2004
Modernity and the Dilemma of North American Anglican Identities, 1880-1950
by William Katerberg
Published: April 23, 2001
Future West: Utopia and Apocalypse in Frontier Science Fiction
by William H. Katerberg
Published: October 29, 2008
- Editor, Origins Online, the blog of Heritage Hall
- Posts by Will Katerberg on Historical Horizons, the history department blog.
Book Series Editor for Wiley-Blackwell, "The Western History Series" (with Carol L. Higham)
- Inspiration and Innovation: Religion in the American West. By Todd M. Kerstetter. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
- Expectations of Equality: A History of Black Westerners. By Albert S. Broussard. Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 2012.
- Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the U.S. West. By Sheila McManus. Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 2010.
- “Transplanting Family, Farm life, and Church,” Origins: Historical Magazine of the Heritage Hall Archives 40:1 (Spring 2022), 4-10.
- “Navajo Voices and Christian Reformed Missions,” Origins: Historical Magazine of the Heritage Hall Archives 39:2 (Fall 2021), 36-45.
- “Is Big History a Movement Culture?” Journal of Big History II:1 (Spring 2018), 63-72.
- “History in the Anthropocene,” Fides et Historia 47, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2015), 155-161.
- “The Poverty of Theory (and History): Frank Ankersmit’s Search for Historical Experience,” Fides et Historia 45, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2013).
- “Globalizing American Creation Stories,” The Maryville Symposium: Conversations on Faith and the Liberal Arts, Theme Issue on Frontiers, Borders and Citizens: Membership in American Society 5 (2012): 7–33.
- “The Person of the Historian,” Fides et Historia 44, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2012): 76–81.
- “Who Wants to Live in the Real World?” Practically Human: College Professors Speak from the Heart about Humanities Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Calvin College Press, 2012.
- “The ‘Objectivity Question’ and the Historian’s Vocation.” In Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation, edited by John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.
- “A Northern Vision: Frontiers and the West in the Canadian and American Imagination.” In One West, Two Myths, Volume Two: Essays on Comparison, edited by Carol L. Higham and Robert Thacker. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2007.
- “Western Myth and the End of History in the Novels of Douglas Coupland,” Western American Literature 40, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 272–99.
- “Redemptive Horizons, Redemptive Violence, and Hopeful History.” Fides et Historia 36, no. 1 (Summer/Fall 2004): 1–14.
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