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Elder J. Labots presided at this meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church in the absence of the pastor, Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. The consistory is in the process of collecting money for the salary of the pastor. Elders Keppel and Wakker proved to be too busy for this assignment so van der [sic] Luyster and Geerlings accepted this responsibility. The recent holocaust of fire caused needs in the congregation of those members who suffered losses. The parochial school was in need of a "competent and God-fearing teacher..."




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch: translation by Rev. William and Althea Buursma, 2000.

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 Consistory of the First Reformed Church