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Joint Archives and Van Raalte
Institute Publish Campus Tour Booklet

Posted October 5, 1999

          HOLLAND -- The Joint Archives of Holland and the
  A.C. Van Raalte Institute at Hope College have published a
  capsule history of the Hope campus.
          The paperback booklet, "Campus Alive:  A Walking
  Tour of Hope College," surveys the history of past and
  present college buildings and sites.  The illustrated, 23-
  page volume is structured so that visitors to Hope can guide
  themselves through campus.
          "Campus Alive:  A Walking Tour of Hope College"
  was written by Dr. Elton J. Bruins and Larry J. Wagenaar.
  Bruins is the director of the college's A.C. Van Raalte
  Institute and the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink Professor
  Emeritus of Religion.  Wagenaar is director of the Joint
  Archives of Holland and an associate professor at Hope.
          "A great deal of Hope's history is captured in the
  development of the campus," Wagenaar said.  "We hope that
  readers will enjoy learning more about not only the college
  as we know it today, but also the way that familiar sites
  were used in previous times."
          The description of Phelps Hall, located at
  Columbia Avenue and 10th Street, for example, discusses not
  only the building's 1960 construction and the cafeteria's
  1979 expansion, but also the fact that the site housed the
  log cabin built in 1897 to commemorate Holland's 50th
  anniversary.
          The booklet's descriptions begin with the DeWitt
  Center, located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street, and carry
  readers counterclockwise through the central campus.  The
  booklet is based on historical campus tours that Bruins and
  Wagenaar have conducted through the years.
          Copies of "Campus Alive:  A Walking Tour of Hope
  College" cost $1.95, and are available at either the Joint
  Archives of Holland or the college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore.
  The archives is located on the ground level of the Van Wylen
  Library, and the book store is located on the ground level
  of the DeWitt Center.
          The Joint Archives of Holland brings together the
  archival collections of Hope College with those of the
  Holland Museum, Western Theological Seminary, and other
  organizations that contract for archival services.  The A.C.
  Van Raalte Institute supports research and writing on the
  history and heritage of the Holland area, and is named for
  the founder of both Hope and Holland.
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