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At a meeting of the consistory of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, it was reported that Miss Zwaluwenberg would stay at the parochial school as long as she was needed. Mr. [Roelof?] Pieters indicated that they had no criticism how the hiring of the new teacher was done. (I believe that Pieters and Zwaluwenberg were later married and were the parents of Albertus Pieters. Consult one of his articles about his mother.) The pastor reported on the request of the Ledeboer family to unite with the congregation. They were accepted as members but the clerk, Gerrit Wakker, for reasons of conscience would not vote affirmatively. His opposition held up the request for the time being until the matter could be checked by a committee and then empowered to act. Cor and Aleda Voorst resigned from the congregation. A committee of eight to ten members, half of whom were from the consistory and the other half from the congregation were appointed as a school committee. The members of the committee were Van Raalte, Keppel, Wakker, van de Luyster, and Geerlings of the consistory, and C. Doesburg, H. J. Hesselink, Plugger, Polsma, and Rev. Giles van der Wall from the congregation.




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