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An article in De Hollander on this date about the Holland Academy. The writer of the article, presumably the editor H. Doesburg, has been reading about Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's fund raising trip out East and the opposition that came to the fore about it in The Christian Intelligencer, the denominational weekly. A writer in the weekly going under the letter, "W," raised questions about the efforts of Van Raalte. The opposition gave rise to encourage the supporters of the Holland Academy to defend it vigorously. The purpose of the fund raising trip was "for paying the debt on the building, for adding rooms, for assisting instructors, and a dining room to ease the work of the headmaster in feeding the students, and also to provide a scientific apparatus and to buy some land near the building..." The executive committee of the academy board voted to express their thanks to Dr. Van Raalte for "the unpleasant and unselfish labor involved in collecting the required amount...."




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; revision by Nella Kennedy, February, 2006.

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.

Article in De Hollander About the Holland Academy