Remembering Petronella Janneke Ytsma

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Remembering Petronella Janneke Ytsma

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 13, 2022

Petronella Janneke Ytsma was an emigrant from Netherlands after the devastation of World War II. She moved to Minneapolis to pursue photography, eventually traveling to Vietnam to document the cross-generational effects of Agent Orange. 
Sadly, Ytsma recently passed away. Learn more about her work and experiences through her oral history, which can be found here: