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Rev. Pieter J. Oggel, writing from Pella, Iowa, on June 25, is engaged in polemics with a Mr. B. Ploeg who made charges about "Sunday schools, Sunday school booklets and Hymns." Oggel wonders how he can be against hymns when he does not read English and therefore cannot know the words of the hymns. Oggel defends hymns for their spiritual and poetic value. Ploeg also claimed that the Sunday school materials did not teach Reformed doctrine. Oggel really takes Ploeg to task for his opposition in these matters. Oggel's letter was published in De Hollander on the above date.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translated by Dr. Henry ten Hoor; revision 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.

Letter from Pieter J. Oggel Published in De Hollander