Russell Shorto New Netherland Research Senior Scholar

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Russell-Shorto-Jennifer-MayAward winning author Russell Shorto is the newest Senior Research Scholar in Residence at the New York State Library’s New Netherland Research Center.  The Senior Research Scholar program is a result of a partnership between the State Education Department and the New Netherland Institute (NNI).

Shorto conducted research in the State Archives and Library for his earlier best selling book, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America.

Shorto is an accomplished author, historian and journalist.  He is the current director of the John Adams Institute in the Netherlands.  He is the author of several books on a vast array of subjects, including: Tecumseh, Thomas Jefferson, Jane Fonda, Naval Commander David Farragut, and Jackie Robinson.  His latest work, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, will be available later this year.  While serving as the Senior Scholar, Shorto will research the Dutch-American impact on the American Revolution.

Shorto is the third Senior Research Scholar in Residence at the New Netherland Research Center.  Senior scholars spend a year in the Cultural Education Center using the research resources of the State Archives, Library and Museum.  Their research serves to expand the current body of knowledge on Dutch Colonial America and the Atlantic World.  Senior Scholars of the New Netherland Institute are funded through a matching grant from the Government of the Netherlands initiated in 2009 as a result of the New York/Netherlands Quadricentennial celebrations and visits of Dutch dignitaries to Albany.

The New York State Archives, Library and Museum are programs of the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education.  Further information can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the State Library’s website at

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