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Mrs. Anna Broadmore Walter, of Kissimmee, Florida, visited the office of the Holland City News and told the editor of the time that Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte cut a large cake with a sword to celebrate the end of the Civil War in 1865. The cake of many layers was five feet tall. The celebration took place in what is currently Centennial Park. Mrs. Walter grew up in Holland and was a small girl when this event took place.




Holland, Michigan


Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum 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 Holland Museum.


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 Holland Museum.

Mrs. Anna Broadmore Walter, of Kissimmee, Florida, Visited the Office of the Holland City News and Told the Editor of the Time That Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte Cut a Large Cake with a Sword to Celebrate the End of the Civil War in 1865