The TULIPANA program is focused on safeguarding the heritage of the Dutch migrants in Brazil.
Brazil and the Netherlands share a common history and heritage going back as far as the 17th century. In more recent times the Dutch immigrants of the 19th and 20th century have established communities that still continue vividly until present. Both Brazilian and Dutch cultural heritage institutions nowadays increase their focus of attention to the shared cultural heritage.
The Centre for Global Heritage and Development has been approached by the Dutch communities in Brazil, to organize a bilateral project that focuses on the (digital) preservation and online public access to the local cultural heritage of the community museums of Holambra and Castrolanda and the archive of the Dutch Association in Rio.
The TULIPANA program aims to preserve, maintain and provide access to the threatened documentary heritage of Dutch communities in Brazil. Using conservation and digitization techniques and online web publication a growing audience can learn about the migration and settlement of the Dutch in Brazil, their descendants and the development of their communities. The material contains a wealth of information for a wide range of disciplines: anthropology, history, linguistics, genealogy and more. Developing and providing an online platform can raise academic interest and increase public awareness about this shared history and heritage. This will deepen and prolong the collective memory of these unique communities.