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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, E. Ten Toorn, E. Ravenshort, J. Bosch, B. Hoek, and J. Konijnenbelt presented a petition to the City Council of Ommen to request permission to establish a Christian elementary school. The petitioners and other persons will provide the support of the school. The petitioners cite the regulation of April 3, 1806 for the right of establishing such a school. At the conclusion of the document, the date of October 21, 1845 is given. This is a key document in the history of the Christian school movement. The name of Rev. J. W. te Bokkel is one of the signers associated with the 1845 date.




Ommen, the Netherlands


In Dutch; translated by Nella Kennedy, 2002.

Description of the document and reference to the Gemeentearchief, Ommen 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 Gemeentearchief, Ommen.


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 Gemeentearchief, Ommen.

Petition to the City Council of Ommen