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In the minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church, it was reported that the costs of building the new church were more than expected. Cutbacks were designated and permission was granted to borrow $100 to purchase the wood to finish work on the church floor. Also, only $350 had been contributed to Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte's salary during the current year. At a congregational meeting on the same day, $7.50 was declared due from every member. "Payment in work or goods will no longer take place."




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation 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.

Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church