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Having returned from canvassing for funds in January, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided at a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church. Gerrit Wakker was again the clerk. The first item of business was to give the materials that came from the collapsed log church to Drost and Deur families who needed new dwellings. Deacons Wilterdink and de Vries were charged with the task of carrying out the decision of the consistory. New members were received from Muskegon and Grand Haven. Rev. Van Raalte and Elders Labots and Wakker were designated to deal with the claim that the foster son of the L. Schaddelee family stole a flask with a silver cover from the Schaddelees.




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