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There appeared an article in an unnamed Dutch newspaper dated, 4 September 1951, the information that Albertus C. Van Raalte was born on this date in Wanneperveen where his father was pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. The birth was registered on 19 October. The information includes the datum that Van Raalte was born at 6 p.m.




Wanneperveen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translation of the record in the register and summary of the article by Nella Kennedy, October, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

Newspaper Announcing the Birth of Albertus C. Van Raalte & Register