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A student at Hope College in the Preparatory School, R. H. Joldersma, wrote a report in the student publication, the Excelsiora, on the death of Albertus C. Van Raalte. The student made much of the fact that Van Raalte's death occurred on election day. When the death of V.R. was announced the school's classes were dismissed for the rest of the week. Friday, the day of the funeral was beautiful. The funeral cortege was very long, seventy six carriage in addition to the formal line up of city council members, etc. "After Dr. Crispell had closed with prayer, we left the Cemetery fully convinced that a great man had fallen." The death of V.R. must have made a great impression on the students. The account is hand written and consists of six pages.




Holland, Michigan


Transcribed by Erica D. Heeg, December 16, 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.

A Student at Hope College in the Preparatory School, R. H. Joldersma, Wrote a Report in the Student Publication, the Excelsiora, on the Death of Albertus C. Van Raalte