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The program of the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Colony. A parade formed at the Public Square and proceeded to the "Estate of Van Duren, one mile East of Holland City,..." One carriage contained eleven young ladies who represented the eleven provinces of the Netherlands. Speakers included A.C.V.R., Isaac Fairbanks and H. D. Post, Rev. H. Uiterwijk or Rev. C. Van der Veen, Rev. Ph. Phelps or Rev. R. Pieters, Rev. C. Van der Meulen, T. Keppel, B. Ledeboer "and other"! Kommer Schaddelee was "president of the day." The Van Lente choir provided the music along with the Holland bands. Fifteen surviving first Settlers came in a wagon drawn by "2 Yoke of Cattle." By having the celebration east of the city and with Pastor Cornelius Vander Meulen as a participant, there was an attempt to give the appearance of a joint celebration with the Zeeland people.




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.

The Program of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of the Colony