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The Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte wrote a letter to the editor of De Hollander in which he requested the editor to print a notice from the Boekzaal of July about the destruction brought by liquor. A testimony of a woman from Pennsylvania said that her husband and five sons all went to their graves as drunkards. As a result of her words, the town refused to have liquor imported any longer.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated 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.

The Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Wrote a Letter to the Editor of De Hollander