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There was much discussion at this meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church about the suitability of Abraham Krabshuis to serve as an elder. Although the majority of the Consistory approved Krabshuis' installation, it was decided to consult with the Classis about the matter "to satisfy the protesting individuals." The cemetery has been plotted and lots were available for sale at the cost of one dollar. Other matters also came before the Consistory. Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and wrote up the minutes. [The Classis of Holland approved Krabshuis' installation at its meeting on 11 April. Classis Holland Minutes 1848-1858, pp. 173-74.]




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.

Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church