H93-0390. A. C. Van Raalte Institute. Records, 1850-[ongoing]. 10.50 linear ft.
The A. C. Van Raalte Institute (formerly known as the A. C. Van Raalte Institute for Historical Studies) is a historical research center focused on Dutch-American history of the 19th and 20th centuries. It supports research and writing on the history and heritage of the Holland area. Named for A. C. Van Raalte, the founder of both Hope College and Holland, Michigan, the Institute was established in 1994 through a generous gift from Peter H. Huizenga and his mother, Elizabeth Huizenga. The collection includes annual reports, endowment background, news stories concerning personnel, videos (DVD) and lecture publications of visiting scholars presentations, staff meeting minutes, A. C. Van Raalte statue, publication information concerning the books, Albertus C. Van Raalte: Dutch Leader and American Patriot and Albertus and Christina: The Van Raalte Family, Home and Roots. English translations of the Pillar Church minutes, 1850-1891, pamphlet collection (one business day notice needed), and their tenth anniversary in January 2004. It also includes the 13th Annual Pew Faith and Learning Lecture given by Dr. James Kennedy titled “Are Christian Colleges Good for Christians?” (February 4, 2010).
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