Tragedy touched James Heerspink’s life early. In 1930, at the age of 21, Jim lost his father and became the primary source of family income. To care for his mother, Jim biked to the Holland Business School at 8th and Central, learning to run his own company. Those first few years, Jim biked everywhere to build his clientele in jewelry repair
Over 59 years, Heerspink Jewelry and Gift in Washington Square served the local community with precision and craftsmanship. In 1989, Jim was even nominated the Small Business Person of the Year by the Holland Chamber of Commerce.
After Jim passed on, his family gave his workbench and tools to the Holland Museum. The museum honors the man who provided for his family year after year by preserving his legacy for years to come.
Visit the museum’s armory collection of 30,000 local artifacts to experience Jim’s story yourself.