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A fragment of a letter to Rev. and Mrs. Albertus C. Van Raalte from their daughter, Christina, who is working in Kalamazoo, stated that a Maartje Blekeris thought to think too highly of herself [Could this person be a daughter of Paulus den Bleyker and his wife?] Her dress shop repaired an American flag gratis. In gratitude for their work, Captain Dennison sent them a large sponge cake in gratitude for their work. Marinus Oggel sent greetings. She heard from Dirk and a Willem Van Putten.




Kalamazoo, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, December, 2001.

Description of the document and reference to the collection at Calvin College Archives 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 Albertus C. Van Raalte Collection (M300) or the Dirk B.K. Van Raalte Collection (M301) in Heritage Hall, Hekman Library, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. The Van Raalte material in Heritage Hall has since been reorganized.


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 Heritage Hall at Calvin University. Contact the Curator at Heritage Hall.

A Fragment of a Letter to Rev. and Mrs. Albertus C. Van Raalte from Their Daughter Christina