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Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present at this meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church. Gerrit Wakker was clerk. Labots was chosen to preside at the meeting. [This must be a sign of the respect in which he was held.] Five members were absent in addition to Van Raalte. De Vries and Apeldoorn were called to give an account of their tardiness. Many items were discussed. The deacons were asked to meet at least every six weeks as a group. The next congregational meeting was scheduled for Thanksgiving Day afternoon. Rev. Giles Vande Wall was scheduled to fill the pulpit in Van Raalte's absence.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 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.

Notes on the Meeting of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church