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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the committee on church grounds reported that the work on the grounds were mainly completed. The drought and the lack of teams were holding up completion of the project. The expenses were almost covered. The membership of Mrs. [not Miss] Hendrika Zwaluwenberg Pieters was transferred to Drenthe [where her husband was now the minister]. "Brother Wilderdink requests enlightenment concerning I Corinthians 11:27. The chairman obliges to his complete satisfaction." A member of the congregation asked permission to switch from Dr. Ledeboer to Dr. van den Berg for medical treatment. Brother Plugger was appointed to handle this delicate situation.




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