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Peter Braak was born in Ferwerd, the Netherlands, on October 15, 1871. After immigrating to the United States, he graduated from Hope College in 1899. In 1901, he graduated from Western Theological Seminary. The next year he was licensed by the Classis of Grand River (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and ordained by the Classis of Dakota. During his time as a pastor in the Reformed Church in America, he served several congregations and they included Hope Reformed Church of Westfield, North Dakota, 1902-1905; Grace Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1905-1908; West Side Reformed Church of Chicago, Illinois, 1912-1916; Third Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa, 1916-1920; and First Reformed Church of Lansing, Illinois, 1920-1924. The collection contains sermons, an essay in Dutch, a pamphlet by Peter Braak, and his 1902 Professorial Certificate from Western Theological Seminary.


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