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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, several new members were received such as Catharina Cappon, Cornelis Gardenier, Arend and Jan Visscher. A committee was appointed to meet with some people who were absent from the Lord' Supper. The absentees included Mr. and Mrs. H. van der Haar and Mr. and Mrs. P. Pfanstiehl, well-known names in the Holland community. "Jacobus Schrader entered the meeting, acknowledging that for some time he has been separated from his wife, but, having found nothing better, he returned to her." It was reported that some members objected that consistory allowed the Methodists to use the church building for [revival] meeting which Elder Clapper [spelled Klipper in the minutes] was leading.




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