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The "Annual Public Exercises of the Holland Academy. Held at the Opening of the New Gymnasium, July 17, 1862." began with prayer offered by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. It was a very long program in which many academy students were presenters and singers. Among the names of the students are Nathan D. Ward, William A. Shields, William Moerdyk, William B. Gilmore, William Visscher, Dirk Van Raalte, Peter Moerdyk, Enne Heeren, and Gerrit Dangremond. It must have been a joyful occasion for this opening the gymnasium/chapel that Philip Phelps Jr. and the students had constructed.




Holland, Michigan


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.