William Buursma



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An excerpt from the minutes of the Classis of Holland in which are two recommendations from the committee chaired by Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte concerning the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Holland Colony. The first recommendation was to acknowledge God's grace for the twenty five years of God's blessings materially and institutionally. The second recommendation is to sponsor an Ebenezer Fund for the support of the grammar school to serve as an endowment of the school in the amount of $20,000.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Rev. William Buursma.

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.

An Excerpt from the Minutes of the Classis of Holland