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A handwritten account of three pages about the visit of Rev. Philip and Margaret Phelps to Holland, Michigan, as the Phelps family made a western tour. The document may have been written by Frances Phelps Otte. The document is undated. There is considerable detail in the account as to the various kinds of transportation used and the places stayed during the trip. At this time, Phelps was pastor of the Reformed Church, Hastings on- Hudson, New York. The author believed that the Board of Education of the Reformed Church in America may have suggested visiting the Colony. When the Phelps called on the Van Raaltes, Mrs. Van Raalte was holding daughter, Anna, who was very sick. Van Raalte was not home. The Phelps were entertained at supper by the John Van Vlecks. Van Vleck was conducting academy classes "in some home." Phelps preached September 28 in the "Dutch Church." On Monday, the Phelps took the stage to Grand Haven.




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.

A Handwritten Account of Three Pages About the Visit of Rev. Philip and Margaret Phelps to Holland, Michigan, as the Phelps Family Made a Western Tour.