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In the report to the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, there was an attempt in the western churches to raise funds to endow a theological professorship to honor Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte. "The name of Albertus C. Van Raalte is a charm and a power among them, and with the inspiration of that as the name of the new professorship, together with the long cherished desire of the hearts of their people to see theology put as the cap-stone of their educational establishment, they are assured of speedy success." However, the General Synod would not approve of the re-establishment of theological education in the West because of the great indebtedness at Hope College.




Utica, New York


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.


The Acts and Proceedings of the Seventy-Second General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, convened in Regular Session in the City o Utica, N. Y., June 1878, pp. 117-119.

In the Report to the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, There Was an Attempt in the Western Churches to Raise Funds to Endow a Theological Professorship to Honor Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte