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An article by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, entitled, "Education Public Schools" which was published in De Hope on this date in which V.R. is commenting on a speech made by a Mr. Van Loon to the Dutch Parliament. He liked many of Van Loon's idea on the subject of Christian education and the public schools. One interesting statement of Van Raalte is: "To introduce ideas of Darwin on public schools would only disrupt the faith of these innocent children, who do no yet have a mature sense of judgment, a faith instilled in them by their parents or others."




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy.

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 Article by the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, Entitled,