Erica D. Heeg



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There is a long report of the reunion of the Twenty-Fifty Michigan Infantry in the Holland City News, p. 4. It includes the list of visitors such as Governor J.J. Bagley and Senator Ferry, who both attended the event. At the program in the Public Square [now Centennial Park?], Mayor Van Landegend introduced Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, who "delivered a short address of greeting." The writer went on to say that, "His remarks were eminently appropriate to the occasion and were received with enthusiasm. He pictured the parting of the members of the regiment, that left our city in 1862, with the prayers and God speeds' of mothers, sisters, and wives; and after fervently thanking God for the results of the war, he earnestly hoped that the angel of Peace might swell with us in the future." The Honorable D.B.K. Van Raalte was also on the program.




Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg, February 4, 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.

There is a Long Report of the Reunion of the Twenty-Fifty Michigan Infantry in the Holland City News