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A report on the state of the church was published in De Hollander on this date. The report is given by the "Committee on the Religious State of the Church." This report was presented at the General Synod of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church which had met in Philadelphia in June. The report was preceded with an introduction by Rev. Pieter J. Oggel. (Is it likely that this report was translated and printed in the local paper due to the agitation created by B. Ploeg?)




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; revision and new translation of Oggel's statement by Nella Kennedy, March, 2006.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

A Report on the State of the Church Was Published in De Hollander w/ an Introduction by Rev. Pieter J. Oggel