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Geisje Vander Haar Visscher's diary contains an entry on page 13, in which she made a reference to both Albertus C. Van Raalte and to Mrs. Christina Van Raalte. An entry for 1849 on p. 10 said that the Van Raaltes often came to visit the Vander Haars. The 1856 reference is about the "High School" and bringing it into a better condition. This is a reference to the Pioneer School. She also said Mr. Van Vleck had come to the school. She thought that Mrs. Van Vleck was a lovely person. The Vander Haar apparently got to know the Van Vlecks well.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Clarence Jalving.

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.

Diary Entry of Geisje Vander Haar Visscher