MS 08.1. Stegeman Family. Papers, 1881-1972. .417 linear ft.
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Gertrude Hoekje Stegeman (1890-1977) was born in Kansas to pioneering home missionaries. She earned a B.A. from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and a M.A. Degree in Sacred Theology from the University of Michigan. Henry Van Eyck Stegeman (1890-1954) was born in Harrison, South Dakota, and graduated from Hope College (1912) and Western Seminary, Holland, Michigan (1917). Soon after Gertrude and Henry married, they were commissioned as missionaries to Japan under the Board of Foreign Missions, Reformed Church in America. They lived in Japan from 1917-1941 and worked at Ferris Seminary in Yokohama and Meji Gakuin School in Toyko. Forced to leave at onset of World War II, the Stegemans joined the faculty of Northwestern Junior College, Orange City, Iowa. Gertrude taught Latin and German (1942-1954) and Henry was registrar and an instructor in Bible and Greek. Collection contains ledgers about Japan, diaries, scrapbooks, newsletters, sermons, photographs, and correspondence.