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At a congregational meeting of the First Reformed Church attended by the consistory and the male members and at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided and also served as clerk, V.R. reported on the giving to benevolent causes. All the giving to causes were below $100 with the exception of $780 for the collection for the poor and $600 for the building fund. There were several large gifts but there was evidence that many members were "neglecting their responsibilities." V.R. read the letter he had written to the consistory. Many in the congregation desired he decline the call. "The congregation was ready to grant him unrestricted permission to assist the congregation there and, at the same time, he would continue to work for the erection of the necessary academic buildings [of the Holland Academy]." A large majority approved this action.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buurma, 2000.

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 Notes for the Congregational Meeting of the First Reformed Church