Simone Kennedy



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De Grondwet reported that the "Old Settlers" had a meeting in Graafschap. A. J. Neerken was president of the group and Rev. Adrian Zwemer, secretary. "Two aspects received the main attention during the rest of the meeting: religious freedom and a better livelihood than in the old mother country." E. Zagers and E. Freriks who came with Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte in 1846 spoke.




Holland, Michigan


In Dutch; translation by Simone Kennedy, 2003.

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.

De Grondwet Reported That the