Abel T. Stewart



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At the conclusion of the minutes of the executive committee of the Council of Hope College there was a tribute to Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, entitled, "In Memoriam." The first sentences are of special interest because he was not declared founder of Hope College: "Dr. Van Raalte, having been identified with the entire history of the Holland Academy while it was yet in a formative state, was appointed by the General Synod a member of the first Board of Superintendents, when the Institution was organized in 1863, and when the Board was incorporated in 1866 he was constituted "Permanent Member' to represent the Particular Synod of Chicago, which relation he held till the time of his decease.....We rejoice that he lived long enough to see the realization of his desire expressed in the first report sent to the General Synod in 1852 'This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future.'"




Holland, Michigan


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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.

The Minutes of the Executive Committee of the Council of Hope College