Abel T. Stewart



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A lengthy meeting was held by the Council of Hope College, chaired by Pres. Philip Phelps, Jr. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present due to his residency in Amelia, Virginia, at that time. At the meeting on the 18th, officers were elected for the coming year: Van Raalte as president; Rev. John S. Joralmon, vice president; Rev. Abel T. Stewart, secretary; and Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, treasurer. This action indicated that Van Raalte would play a prominent role in the council as well as having his son-in-law, Pieter Oggel, as an officer. [Unfortunately, Oggel would die in December.]




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.

Meeting Minutes of the Council of Hope College