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A brief news item in the Grand Haven News stated that "The prospect that Ottawa County will, at an early day, be the possessor of a regularly endowed Collegiate Institute is quite flattering. Our Holland Colonists upon whose petition an act was passed, at the last session of our State Legislature, enabling them to legally convert their flourishing academic school, in the village of Holland, into a College, are manifesting a very praiseworthy liberality and zeal in the enterpise."




Grand Haven, Michigan


Transcribed by Mary Otterness September 26, 2004; Translation: Clarence Jalving; revision: Nella Kennedy, March 2009

Description of the document 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.


Grand Haven News, November 23, 1864, p. 2.

A Brief News Item in the Grand Haven News