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A Chronology of Hope College

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Miscellaneous Chronological Listings

1847 Settlements created in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa by citizens from the Netherlands.
1848 "Holland" Michigan platted as a "Village."
1850 A "Tract of Land" donated by the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte, later known as "The Five Acres" and designated as a site for "The Academy."
1851 "The Pioneer School" the first educational institution in the new settlement, formally opened on "The Five Acres" in October.
1853 The General Synod of the Reformed Church in America assumed control of the school.
1858 Van Vleck Hall erected on "The Five Acres."
1859 "Five Acres" enlarged to 16 acres and designated "The College Campus."
1862 The first freshman class, 10 in number, matriculated, September.
1865 Philip Phelps, Jr. elected first president of Hope College; inaugurated, July 12, 1866
1866 Charter of Incorporation as a College of Liberal Arts granted by the State of Michigan, May 14.
1866 First Commencement of Hope College, July 17.
1876 The Rev. A.C. Van Raalte died, November 7.
1878 Giles Mandeville begins service as provisional president of Hope College.
1880 Charles Scott begins service as provisional president of Hope College. Elected Hope's second president in 1885; inaugurated, June 21, 1886.
1886 Construction started on the President's Home (completed in 1892).
1892 Graves Library and Winants Chapel cornerstone laid October 12; dedicated, June 26, 1894.
1893 Gerrit J. Kollen elected third president of Hope College; inaugurated, June 27, 1894.
1903 Van Raalte Memorial Hall dedicated, September (destroyed by fire April 28, 1980).
1906 Carnegie Gymnasium dedicated, June (renamed "Carnegie-Schouten Gymnasium" in 1954; razed in July, 1982).
1907 Elizabeth R. Voorhees Girls Residence dedicated, June.
1911 Ame Vennema 1879 elected fourth president of Hope College; inaugurated, February 19, 1912.
1918 Edward D. Dimnent elected fifth president of Hope College; inaugurated, May 14, 1919.
1929 The Memorial Chapel dedicated, June (renamed "Dimnent Memorial Chapel" in 1959). The building features beautiful stained glass windows.
1931 Wynand Wichers elected sixth president of Hope College; inaugurated, October 12, 1931.
1938 Hope Preparatory School, originally "The Pioneer School," discontinued.
1942 Science Building (later "Lubbers Hall") formally opened, September 16.
1945 Irwin J. Lubbers '17 elected seventh president of Hope College; begins, Summer, 1945.
1950 Formal opening of Winifred Hackley Durfee Hall, residence hall for women, September 26.
1956 Music Hall completed (named for the late John B. Nykerk in 1962).
1956 Kollen Hall opened (dedicated, September 1, 1957).
1960 Phelps Hall dedicated.
1961 Van Zoeren Library opened September (dedicated, October 8; renamed Van Zoeren Hall in 1988).
1963 Calvin A. VanderWerf '37 elected eighth president of Hope College; inaugurated, November 16, 1963.
1963 Fraternity Dormitory Complex opened.
1963 Gilmore Hall opened, September.
1964 Physics Mathematics Hall opened September (renamed "VanderWerf Hall of Physics and Mathematics," October 9, 1981).
1967 Dykstra Hall completed, September.
1969 Brumler House for apartment living dedicated, September 28.
1970 William Vander Lugt begins service as chancellor of Hope College (until 1972)
1970 Wynand Wichers addition to Nykerk Hall of Music dedicated, October 25.
1971 DeWitt Student and Cultural Center opened, September; main theatre renovated, 1996-97.
1972 Gordon J. Van Wylen elected ninth president of Hope College; inaugurated, October 13, 1972.
1973 Peale Science Center opened, August. Major renovation completed, Summer, 2004.
1978 Dow Health and Physical Education Center opened, August.
1982 College East Apartments opened, August.
1982 DePree Art Center and gallery, a former furniture factory, dedicated, October 15.
1983 The 118th Commencement ceremony conducted at Holland Municipal Stadium, the first Commencement held outdoors in Hope's history, May 8.
1986 Maas Student and Conference Center constructed.
1987 John H. Jacobson, Jr., elected 10th president of Hope College; inaugurated, October 10, 1987.
1988 Van Wylen Library dedicated, April 21.
1988 The Holland Theatre downtown donated to the college and renamed and reopened by Hope as the Knickerbocker Theatre.
1988 Admissions House completed, May.
1989 College Guest House at 85 E. 10th Street opened, September; renamed the Keppel Guest House, March 29, 1992; becomes Campus Ministries office, summer, 1994; moved to 129 E. 10th Street, August 16, 1995.
1990 Van Andel Plaza dedicated, August 17.
1990 Paul G. Fried International Center dedicated, September 22; International Education moves to the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, summer 2005
1990 Van Zoeren/VanderWerf renovation and DeWitt Center for Economics Business dedicated, October 12.
1991 The track and field facilities at the Ekdal J. Buys athletic complex are named in honor of Gordon Brewer '48, April 27.
1991 Lugers Fieldhouse dedicated, September 28.
1994 Six-court, indoor DeWitt Tennis Center dedicated, October 14.
1996 78-84 E. Eighth St. and 100 E. Eighth St. purchased, announced October 2. The 100 E is building named Anderson-Werkman Financial Center in honor of staff members William K. Anderson and Barry L. Werkman, May, 2005.
1997 Statue of the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte dedicated at Centennial Park as part of the city's sesquicentennial celebration, May 1.
1997 Haworth Inn and Conference Center completed, January; dedicated, May 22.
1997 Cook Hall dedicated, October 17.
1998 James E. Bultman ' 63 elected the 11th president of Hope College; inaugurated, October 22, 1999.
1999 Addition to Nykerk Hall of Music provides space for an organ studio; organ dedicated, October 6, 2000.
2002 Three racquetball courts in the Dow Center transformed into a weight room and fitness room; the former weight room becomes a dance studio; summer.  
2003 Dykstra Hall renovated during the summer.
2003 The new science center, connected to the west side of the Peale Science Center, opens for use with the start of the school year.
2004 Major renovation completed of the Peale Science Center, summer; dedication for the science center, October 8. Entire facility named in honor of Dr. A. Paul Schaap '67, May 5, 2006.
2005 The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication opens.
2005 The Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse opens. Both basketball teams go undefeated in their first season in the $22 million facility.
2005 An addition to Cook Hall is completed.
2006 A $3 million renovation of historic Lubbers Hall is completed.
2007 Historic Skinner organ in Dimnent Memorial Chapel rededicated following restoration, January 30, 2007.
2008 Baseball and softball fields renovated and stadiums built and named respectively in honor of Ronald '60 and Sunny Boeve, and Karla Hoesch '73 Wolters and Tom Wolters '73.
2009 A $5.7 million adaptive restoration of Graves Hall is completed. Building is rededicated on October 9, 2009.
2009 Hope constructs the $5.3 million Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Facility is dedicated on October 17, 2009.
2011 Renovation of VanderWerf and Van Zoeren halls adds and enhances multiple research laboratories in engineering and physics.
2012 The 12-court, outdoor VandePoel-Heeringa Stadium Courts open on June 4, 2012, and are dedicated on September 22, 2012.
2012 Hope renovates Holland Municipal Stadium, which opened in 1979, during the summer in anticipation of purchasing the stadium from the City of Holland later in the year. The college renames the stadium for Ray and Sue Smith in January 2013.
2013 A two-year renovation of the Phelps Hall dining hall begins in May, with completion scheduled for the start of fall-semester classes in 2014.
2013 The Tom and Ryan Cook Village, a four-building complex providing up-scale housing for 60 students, is completed during the summer.
2013 The Haworth Engineering Center, a three-level, 9,000-square-foot wing added to VanderWerf Hall, is completed. Building is dedicated on September 6, 2013.
2013 John C. Knapp elected the 12th president of Hope College; inaugurated, October 4, 2013.