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A proclamation made by Mayor John Van Landegendi on this date that the next day Friday, November 10 be "designated for the funeral of the deceased, all business in this city be suspended; that the Public Schools be closed and that each citizen as he appreciates the past services of our departed leader, drape his respective residence or place of business in mourning." Rev. A[lbertus C.] Van Raalte is referred to as our friend and father. V.R.'s death occurred on Tuesday, November 7.




Holland, 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.