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Both Dr. John L. See, secretary of the Board of Education of the Reformed Church in America, and Dr. David Cole, representing the General Synod, were present at this meeting of the Council of Hope College that met for three days, concluding on February 26th. Most of the sessions were concerned with college finances but no particulars were given by the secretary in his minutes. It was mentioned that Rev. Giles Mandeville was on campus to lecture to the Fraternal Society. Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte was not present. Rev. John H. Karsten took the chair. The council was optimistic that enough money would be collected for the Ebenezer Fund that its interest would fund the expenses of the Grammar School.




Holland, Michigan


Transcription by Mary Otterness, 2004.

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 Council of Hope College