William Buursma



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Several matters were taken up at the congregational meeting of the First Reformed Church, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, presiding. The pastor admonished the members to pay their debts. It was decided to rent the pews in order to raise funds for the church building fund. V.R. admonished the members that the cemetery needed care. If it were not improved in two months, he would see that it was done but then the congregation would lose its rights to the cemetery. Because the meeting got late, there was no time to discuss the matter of salary for the pastor.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Rev. William Buursma.

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 at the Congregational Meeting of the First Reformed Church