Little Chute Windmill - The Big Lift

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On June 7, the Big Lift at the Little Chute Windmill took place. The Boldt Company, working closely with Dutch millwright Verbij from Hoogmade in the Netherlands, used a 300-ton crane to hoist the massive octagon frame into place atop the windmill’s base, followed by the cap, blades, tail structure and the main and long gussets. The ceremonial high point of the lift will then follow with the head structure (cap) and its flags being put into place on top of the octagon piece. Additional lifts will continue throughout the day as the Little Chute Windmill begins to take its final shape.

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If you're interested you can look at a photo album of some photos from the event at the flickr page of The Bold Company

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           The Boldt and Verbij Hoogmade BV crew in Front of the Nearly Completed Little Chute Windmill

The windmill will start operating in July 2012 with the help of volunteer millers and the entire project is scheduled for completion in December 2012. Fundraising to complete the project is ongoing by Little Chute Windmill, Inc., the nonprofit organization behind the project—to donate, visit www.littlechutewindmill.org or call (920) 788-2629.

To see the current progress on the Little Chute Windmill and Visitor’s Center, view the live construction webcam at http://webcam.boldt.com/lcwind/vid.html.


ABOUT LITTLE CHUTE WINDMILL, INC. www.littlechutewindmill.org

Little Chute Windmill, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization erecting an authentic Dutch windmill and heritage center in downtown Little Chute, WI, as a monument to Wisconsin’s Dutch heritage. The Little Chute Windmill & Van Asten Visitor Center will be an educational tool for all ages and a hub of Dutch cultural activity. Visitors will tour the different levels of the windmill and watch it harness wind power to grind grain into flour. The Van Asten Visitor Center will feature exhibits on the history of Dutch settlement in the Fox River Valley and northeast Wisconsin.

 pic08154ABOUT THE BOLDT COMPANY www.boldt.com

The Boldt Company, headquartered in Wisconsin, has 14 offices throughout the United States and is one of the leading sustainable construction services firms in the country. The firm provides professional construction services to customers in a variety of power, industrial, education, healthcare, commercial and renewable energy markets nationwide. The firm has been recognized as one of the safest companies in America.

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TIMS Calendar 2012


Our Greece members  Katerina Toutouza and Olga Lekou have made a fantastic TIMS Calendar 2012.
They have used superb drawings of Johan De Punt, made at the mill visits during the TIMS Symposium in Denmark.
You can download the calendar here : TIMS Calendar 2012
The calendar can be printed in high quality on A4 or even on A3 format paper.

Joanna Marx passed away

Joanna Marx 2009Joanna Marx passed away unexpectedly on May 25. She has been a TIMS member for many years.

Her special interest in historical technology, engineering and industrial structures led to her involvement with Mostert’s Mill: she chairs the Friends of Mostert’s Mill (FoMM), a daughter of VASSA, established in 1993. She has been a member of the Mills Section of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) (UK) for decades.


Paul Bauters has passed away

Paul Bauters, TIMS member and dear mill friend has passed away on 13 May. In Flanders many mills have been put in the mourning position to remember Paul as the one who taught us our love for the mills, and who gave back to the mills their place in history and in the landscape.

Paul Bauters


I.J. de Kramer Award 2012 for Frank Becuwe

YvesCoutantDuring the autumn meeting of TIMS Netherlands and Flanders on November 10, 2012, the I.J. de Kramer Prize 2012 was awarded to the Flemish author Frank Becuwe for his publication “In de ban van Ceres: klein- en grootmaalderijen in Vlaanderen (ca. 1850 – ca 1950)“

The prize amounting to € 2,000 was handed over by Peter Tergau, chairman of TIMS NL/VL.

On the picture: foreground left to right: Peter Tergau and Frank Becuwe, background left to right: Members of the jury Erik Stoop, Lieven Denewet and Ton Meesters (Photographer: Popke Timmermans).

The press release (in Dutch) can be downloaded here.

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TIMS Council visits Fulton's mill

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Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2010, 10:45 am

European visitors to Fulton's Windmill

Press release submitted by Fulton Chamber of Commerce

The International Molinological Society (TIMS) board members were guests at de Immigrant windmill in Fulton, Illinois, on Monday, September 20. TIMS is the only organization devoted to milling on an international level.

TIMS board members were greeted with gifts at Fulton's windmill by Mayor Larry Russell and Chief Miller Ron Venema. Several other volunteer millers were on-hand to give tours of the windmill. Dinner was provided by the volunteer millers and was served at the bottom level of the windmill.

Following the meal, the public was invited to attend presentations about European mills. During the presentations, TIMS board president Willem van Bergen presented an enamel TIMS plaque to Chief Miller Ron Venema. Fulton's windmill is only the second mill to be awarded this plaque by the TIMS board. The other mill is located in Austria.

Board members were from Germany, England, Belgium, France, USA, and The Netherlands. The millers would like to thank all the volunteers who made the TIMS visit memorable and successful.

TIMS Council in Elk Horn, USA

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Summary Report of the Tide Mill Symposium in Holland

The report of the Tide Mill Symposium can be downloaded here

Mid-Term Excursion to Greece


The Mid-Term Excursion is scheduled for October 5-13, 2013 and will be to Greece.

The places, which will be visited are:

  • the island of Andros with its watermills, oil mills and horizontal windmills,
  • in the Peloponese the areas of Arcadia (with the Open Air Water-Power Museum including watermills and gun powder mills) and the Argolid (with water and windmills)
  • in Athens the ruins of the Agora watermill.

First Information on RO2015 - Our Next Symposium


The next TIMS Symposium in 2015 will be hosted by the Astra Museum in Sibiu, Romania. In this museum one can find 67 mills!!

In May 2012, a meeting was held in Sibiu with the management of the Astra museum on the organisation of the TIMS Symposium in 2015. TIMS was represented by Willem van Bergen and Tarcis van Berge Henegouwen.

One of the outcomes was that Florin Streza was appointed to Chairman of the Symposium. It was also decided that the symposium will be held from the 6th to the 14th of June 2015.


From the left: Symposium Chairman Florin Streza, TIMS President Willem van Bergen and TIMS Secretary Tarcis van Berge Henegouwen

The infrastucture of the museum was looked at in detail. On the grounds of the museum, there are a suitable conference building, 2 excellent restaurants, 2 buildings with rooms with in total 70 beds, as well as a small hotel with 43 beds.  On a distance of about 2 km there is a Hilton hotel. Sibiu has its own airport.

Investigations are ongoing to have a mill tour to the south west of Romania, as well as trips to some fortified churches and perhaps to a medieval town. This in addition to a visit to the beautiful city of Sibiu.

Link to the Astra Museum Museum Brochure in English Information on the city of Sibiu

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Tide Mill Exhibition

Tides + Mills = Unique  

The Westbrabantse Mill society hosts an unique exhibition displayed at the renovated Tide Mill in  Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands.

From June 2th to September 9th the exhibition is open from 10.00 till 16.00 on a daily basis only depending on presence of the Mill owner Hans Smeenk (Phone: +31 6 22681724). The address is Watermolenpad 1, Bergen op Zoom.

Read more on the exhibition

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Tide Mill Seminar

On Saturday, September 1st, an one day seminar will be held at the Old City hall (Oude Stadhuis) in Bergen op Zoom on the topic of Tide Mills.

Read more details on the Seminar

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