William Buursma



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At the end of Volume I of the Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church this note was added: "On June 29, 1856, the church building was dedicated by Rev. A. C. van Raalte, who spoke on Psalm 84: 2,3. In the evening, a service was held in the English language, under the direction of Rev. van Vleck." The date on the cover of the minute book is "May 24, 1855."




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.

Note on the Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church