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An extensive news item on the First Holland Sabbath school Convention held in the city in the Third Reformed Church appeared in the Holland City News, p. 4, which reported that thirteen sabbath schools were represented. The conference was organized by Frans Van Driele, an active Reformed Church elder in Grand Rapids and Henry Uiterwijk, pastor of Third Reformed Church. Teunis Keppel gave a history of the sabbath schools in the city to which Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte and the Rev. Roelof Pieters, pastor of First Reformed Church added their remarks. Dr. Van Raalte also made a presentation on "The relation between the sabbath school and the family." Since the convention was so well received, "It was resolved that hereafter an Annual sabbathschool convention should be among the regular institutions of the Holland congregations."




Description of the document 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.


Holland City News, October 9, 1875, p. 4.

An Extensive News Item on the First Holland Sabbath School Convention Held in the City in the Third Reformed Church Appeared in the Holland City News