Kinderhook Lecture On Late 17th Century Dutch Culture


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Flower Garden ca. 1660, Pieter de HoochThe Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson have announced the first of their collaborative Winter 2018 programming.

Dutch restoration architect, André Hoek will be at Van Buren Hall on Saturday, January 13 from 4 to 5 pm, to deliver an illustrated lecture on Dutch Culture in the second half of “The Golden Age of Dutch Culture” – “Discovering Layers in Time: Life in The Netherlands 1650-1700; the last half of the Dutch Golden Age.”

Hoek’s talk will explore how the Dutch population lived in the last half of the ‘Golden Age of Dutch Culture’ (the period in which New York State was settled by the Dutch) by examining visual evidence in what remains of Dutch 17th century villages, farms, buildings and gardens and also studying the important paintings of the time which captured interiors and landscapes. 

Hoek will discuss everyday matters of the era from a Dutch perspective, and how appearances of dwellings including paint colors, building materials and techniques – and even cooking methods – can be discovered in the layers of historic buildings.

He will also present the complications of restoring a structure that has been changed and adapted for new uses over time, and the difficulty in retaining the ‘Spirit of Place’ in historic buildings and landscapes.

This lecture series collaboration between CCHS and Historic Hudson are fundraisers for both organizations, with regularly priced tickets available at the door ($15 for CCHS and Historic Hudson Members; and $20 for non-members), and special early-bird rate tickets available to purchase online ($15 for non-members). Post-lecture, all attendees are invited to join CCHS and Historic Hudson for wine or other beverages, at the CCHS Museum & Library, around the corner from Van Buren Hall.

The Van Buren Hall is located at 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

Painting: ‘Flower Garden’, ca. 1660, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch, 1629-1684), Collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

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