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In a meeting of the congregation of the First Reformed Church at which Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte presided, the pastor requested a report of the committee raising funds for the school. The results of only one district was reported on. $15 was received for the teachers and $11 for the new building. There was no unity in the meeting about the school. Some wondered if the school was even necessary. It was proposed to raise $600 "by means of a tax personally assessed. This was approved. "...[T]he president expressed his concern whether it would be wise to continue with this matter." [It was not clear whether Van Raalte wondered about continuing the school or if the tax assessment was the right way to go.]




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