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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church along with members of the building committee and at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the name of Isaac Cappon now appeared as a member of the building committee. Mr. Minderhout, the carpenter/architect, was present to show the building plans. The proposed building would be 80 x 50 feet, without a tower due to lack of finds. A furnace would be placed beneath the sanctuary, thus requiring a basement. "The benches are to be the same as in the first church, as well as the platform and pulpit to be made of wood." The church must be ready by September.




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