hat, top

Catalog Number
Black top hat with black ribbon circling hat near brim. This hat was A.C. Van Raalte's thought to be from the third quarter of the 19th century. 
Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte was born on October 17, 1811 in Overijssel, Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1847 and settled in Michigan, founding the Dutch settlement that would come to be known as Holland.

On March 11, 1836, he married Christina Johanna de Moen in the Netherlands.

Albertus passed away on November 7, 1876 in Holland, MI. He was buried on Holland's Pilgrim Home Cemetery.
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Hope College Library