Julia Gilmore



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On this date, Julia Gilmore wrote a lengthy letter to her brother, Darius, in Fairview, Illinois. She mentions several people including Ben Van Raalte whom she marries later. She reported that Will and Christine Van Raalte Gilmore are packing up the "books and things" left behind by Dr. [Albertus C.] Van Raalte. She is sharing a room with Mary Van Raalte.




Amelia, Virginia


Description of the document and reference to Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin 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.


In the collection of Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin, Weaverville, CA.


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 Cindy Van Orsdal Merwin.

Julia Gilmore Wrote a Lengthy Letter to Her Brother, Darius