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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, new members were received. Hubrecht Marselije [Marsilje] and his wife transferred in from Kalamazoo as did the G. van den Beld family. Mr. and Mrs. Adam Everese transferred in from Vriesenveen, the Netherlands. Collections for Higher Education will cease and the deacons will canvass the congregation for necessary funds instead. Elders reported on their family visitation calls. Annual rental of the pews will take place on December 31. No place would rent for less than fifty cents. The congregational meeting will take place on January 1, 1863. It was not held on Thanksgiving Day because it "was a special day of prayer as well, because of the tragic circumstances of the war [Civil War]."




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