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An indenture, recorded May 3, 1858, in which Albertus C. and Christina Van Raalte notes the conveyance of property at the cost of one dollar to the General Synod of the "Dutch Church" then known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of North America. In effect, Van Raalte deeded the campus of the Holland Academy on which the academy was located and all buildings such as Van Vleck Hall to the Reformed Church.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document 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.



Indenture from Albertus C. and Christina Van Raalte to the General Synod of the Dutch Church