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A report of John Van Vleck and P[ieter] J. Oggel in De Hollander on a meeting in Grand Haven, Michigan, which was attended by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Rev. Adrian Zwemer, along with Rev. Seine Bolks, Rev. W. van Leeuwen, and Rev. H. Stobbelaar from the Classis of Wisconsin. Elder M. Mensing [of Alto, Wisconsin] was also present. During the Wednesday evening worship service in Grand Haven, there was simultaneously a worship service in Franklin, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. The purpose of the Thursday meeting was promoting "mutual instruction, warning, admonition and comfort." A desirability of organizing a Society of Ministers "to improve our respect for each other..." was also stated. Since these above-mentioned ministers represented the Classes of Holland and Wisconsin, all Dutch immigrant congregations in the Middle West were then also represented. John Van Vleck was the president for the meeting and Pieter Oggel, Secretary.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Dr. Henry ten Hoor, February, 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.

Report in De Hollander