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In the local news column of De Hollander, it was reported that Rev. Giles van de Wall had preached last Sunday at the First Reformed Church in the continued absence of its pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. Two letters were also read to the congregation. One was from Van Raalte and the other from Rev. Jacob Chamberlain, M.D., who had been in Holland at the Fourth of July picnic to speak at the Sunday School celebration. Chamberlain was now on his way to India. The congregation heard the second part of van de Wall's sermon in the afternoon service. All were much edified by his messages.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

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