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In the Hope College magazine produced by students, The Excelsiora, there was a statement that "the house east of the Cemetery belonging to A. C. van Raalte, was burned on the 26th of April. They are busily engaged again to rebuild it." [Why this the house that Mrs. Albertus V.R., Jr. was already living in or did she and her children move into the new house?] Husband Albertus had disappeared in November/December of 1869. The "A. C. Van Raalte" ship was also mentioned. The Excelsiora, n. p.




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.

In the Hope College Magazine Produced by Students, The Excelsiora, There Was a Statement