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A full report of the "Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Holland Immigration and Colonization is the United States, at Holland, Mich., August 25 and 26, 1897" appeared on this date in the Holland City News. The entire eight pages of this special edition was devoted to the semi- centennial festivities. Numerous addresses were made. Many photographs of worthies were printed. The founder of the Colony, Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, was duly lauded.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Van Raalte Institute 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 Van Raalte Institute.


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 Van Raalte Institute.

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