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An account of the first inauguration at Hope College on this date, and the first commencement, July 17, 1866, in a college publication, entitled, Hope College Remembrancer. Albertus Van Raalte is not present for these significant occasions because he and Mrs. Van Raalte are visiting the Netherlands. [See p. 24.] People who gave speeches during the course of events were: Rev. Mancius S. Hutton, Rev. Isaac N. Wyckoff, Dr. Philip Phelps, Peter Moerdyk (gave his student oration in Latin) William B. Gilmore, Harm Woltman, William Moerdyk William A. Shields, John W. TeWinkle, (Dutch oration) Ale Buursma, and Gerrit Dangremond. The baccalaureate sermon is also printed, pp. 41-50, which was preached by President Phelps in the First Reformed Church. [The first commencement number is dedicated to Samuel B. Schieffelin of New York, a major donor to the college.] The college seal is pictured on the second page. The college chapel/gymnasium and two frame buildings are pictured on p. 21. The words of the college song were written by Philip Phelps and set to music by William G. Gilmore, p. 20.




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.

An Account of the First Inauguration at Hope College on This Date, and the First Commencement, July 17, 1866, in a College Publication Entitled,