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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor made a lengthy plea for adequate support for the parochial school. If the school lets go of this school, the children will receive their education "by the world." Mrs. Christina Van Raalte made a plea on behalf of a member who was in desperate need because a member of the church did not pay his bill. Three women of the congregation, representatives of the Ladies Society, appeared before consistory, one of whom was Mrs. Van Raalte, requesting that a well be placed near the church necessary for cleaning purposes. Consistory agreed and expressed their thanks to the ladies for their ongoing concern for cleanliness. The deacons were assigned the task of getting the well dug.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursina, 2000.

Description of the document and reference to The Joint Archives of Holland 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 Joint Archives of Holland.


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 Joint Archives of Holland.

Meeting Notes on the Consistory of the First Reformed Church