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In a letter to Helena (Mrs. Albertus) Van Raalte, Christina Van Raalte wrote her sister-in-law that she hoped to receive a letter from her. Christina made a small present for little Anna She asked about Allie and Chrissie. She asked Helena to kiss brother Bertus and the children for her. Christina signed her letter as "Chrissie" because "that's what I am called here." [By this time, Albertus and Helena Hoffinan had three children. They had married in early 1859. Little Albertus was born 12 December 1859, Christine was born 8 June 1861, and Anna Helena was born 9 September 1862.]




Kalamazoo, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Nella Kennedy, December, 2001; transcription by Nella Kennedy, 28 February 2007.

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.

Letter from Christina Van Raalte to Helena Van Raalte