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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his eldest daughter, Johanna Maria Wilhelmina who married Pieter Jan Oggel), written while Van Raalte is on his trip east to raise money for Van Vleck Hall. On July 27 that year, he wrote John Garretson, secretary of the Board of Domestic Missions, Reformed Church in America, from Kingston, New York, detailing all the towns in the Hudson Valley which he was visiting in order to secure funds for the Academy building. I think that it can be assumed that he visited Niskayuna during the trip.




Niskajuna [Niskayuna], New York


In Dutch, with transcription and translation by Simone Kennedy.

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.

Letter from Albertus C. Van Raalte to Johanna Maria Wilhelmina Pieter Jan Oggel