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A report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, in general terms, including comments such as the colonists appear to uphold the principle of temperance, came to this country to escape religious persecution, and are an enterprising, moral, and industrious people. No one expresses an interest in returning to Holland.




Description of the document 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.


Grand River Eagle, February 9, 1849, p. 2.

Report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle