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This item appeared in The Excelsiora, Vol. XII, No. 2, on this date. This was a hand-written publication of the Hope College student body. The items reads as follows: Rev. A. C. Van Raalte, D.D., born at Wanneperveen, Netherland[s], Oct. 17th, 1811, died Nov. 7th 1876, at Holland Mich. The funeral was held on Friday, Nov. 10th. It was the largest funeral ever witnessed in Holland. Hon. T. W. Ferry, Vice President of the U. S. was present. The death of Dr. Van Raalte is felt all through the colonies.




Holland, Michigan


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.

This Item Appeared in The Excelsiora, Vol. XII, No. 2, On This Date