Abel T. Stewart



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The Council of Hope College met in special session and was attended by local people only: Pres. Philip Phelps Jr., Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Rev. Seine Bolks, Rev. Peter J. Oggel, Rev. Abel T. Stewart, Elder [Hessel] Yntema and Dr. Bernardus Ledeboer. Discussion centered on funding the farm property on the north side of Black Lake at Point Superior. Van Raalte requested that half of the proceeds from a thirty acre plot he donated be designated for theological instruction and the other half to funding the Female Seminary and the Primary School.




Holland, Michigan


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.

Minutes of the Council of Hope College