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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the president announced that the successor to Rev. Giles Vande Wall who left for South Africa will be a person who "is able to use the Dutch language, which is the only means and the normal way for us to retain our Holland national existence as Hollanders, and give direction to the instruction of our youth, in such a way that they will remain bound to our people through love. The absence of this kind of influence will very likely mean that the American influence will distance us Hollanders, as well as our confessional statements and cateachism, all of which is precious and essential." The instructor will be financed by the classes of Holland and Wisconsin. Hence Rev. Pieter J. Oggel is a prime candidate for the position. Families will be assessed twenty cents quarterly to pay his salary.




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.

Meeting Minutes of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church