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A full report in the Allegan Journal, p. 2, on the wedding of Albertus C. Van Raalte (Jr.) and Helena Hofman, as reported first in the Ottawa Register, February 8. The couple was married in the Church and the wedding dinner was held in the Van Raalte home. Dr. Van Raalte read a poem in honor of the occasion. Students of the Holland Academy came after the dinner and sang a number composed for the occasion. Rev. Giles Vandewall gave thanks to the host and hostess for the occasion. It then added that young Albertus was only 16 days old when his father "was cast into prison, for holding religious meetings." The next evening many young people gathered at the Van Raalte home to greet the couple.




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.


Allegan Journal, February 14, 1859, p. 2.

Report in the Allegan Journal Taken from the Ottawa Register