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Rev. John Van Vleck, in a letter to the editor, reported in this issue of De Hollander that the congregations of Overijsel, Drenthe, and Graafschap supplied many provisions for the boarding students at the Holland Academy of which he was the Principal. Of the 42 enrolled students, 23 were boarding students at that time, (the year in which the academy building was completed). Money was scarce in those days but gifts of farm produce were a great help feeding the boarding students.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

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.

Letter to the Editor by John Van Vleck