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An indenture between the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and the Consistory of the First Reformed Church. A.C.V.R. is signing over properties to the church for the purpose of covering the Van Raalte pledge to the Ebenezer Fund (Eben Ezer) for $1,000 as well as for the pledge of $100 by Benjamin Van Raalte and pledge of $100 of D. B. K. Van Raalte with the stipulation "that only the interest of said Capital shall be paid to the Treasurer of Hope College as tuition for the Grammar School of said College, the Capital always to be invested on real Estate. This Capital is transferable to the Council of Hope College when the practical part Reformed Churches, shall have been made this Memorial fund efficient for said purpose and shall have placed it in a condition to be delivered up as a whole and in a tangible form."




Ottawa County, Michigan


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.

An Indenture Between the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and the Consistory of the First Reformed Church