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At a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, Psalm 22, verse three was sung and the pastor opened with prayer. Every elder and deacon who had filled their term were reelected. The additional elder and deacon were also elected. The elder was a de Bruin of Zeeland who now lived in Holland. The financial report was that $1,375.35 had been collected that year for all causes [possibly with the exception of the pastor's salary]. The collection for Rutgers College came to $280.00 and for the Holland Academy, $229.35. It was decided not to sell the orphanage but to give it to the Holland Academy. The congregation would also be canvassed by order of the classis for the support of two instructors at the Holland Academy. "The meeting was closed by the Rev. A. C. van Raalte, and the singing of the last verse of the Ten Commandments."




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 of the Congregation of the First Reformed Church