Cornell University Press has released a new Critical Edition of Cadwallader Colden’s History of the Five Indian Nations Depending on the Province of New-York in America (2017). The Critical Edition includes several essays that consider Colden’s original text across social, cultural, and political contexts.
The History of the Five Indian Nations Depending on the Province of New-York in America was originally published in 1727 and revised in 1747. In the book, Colden discusses the religion, manners, customs, laws, and forms of government of the confederacy of tribes composed of the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas (and, later, Tuscaroras), and gives accounts of battles, treaties, and trade up to 1697. Continue reading
In Who Should Rule at Home? (Cornell University Press, 2017) Joyce D. Goodfriend argues that the high-ranking gentlemen who figure so prominently in most accounts of New York City’s evolution from 1664, when the English captured the small Dutch outpost of New Amsterdam, to the eve of American Independence in 1776, were far from invincible and that the degree of cultural power they held has been exaggerated.
Goodfriend explains how the urban elite experienced challenges to its cultural authority at different times, from different groups, and in a variety of settings. Continue reading
On Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6 to 7 pm the Albany Institute of History & Art will host artist Renée Ridgway and archaeologist Paul Huey for a discussion about the discovery of wampum production in Albany’s first almshouse.
This lecture complements the current exhibition Wampum World: An Art Installation by Renée Ridgway, on view at the Albany Institute through June 18, 2017. Continue reading
An 1881 issue of Harper’s New Monthly Magazine contained an article entitled “A Glimpse of an Old Dutch Town.” The Old Dutch Town was Albany. Albany was already 200 years old.
The article mentioned the principal Albany holidays of Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter and Pinksterfeest (now known as Pinksterfest). Continue reading
The Senate House State Historic Site recently unveiled an new permament exhibit, Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City interprets the earliest period of colonial settlement in the city, the stockade era. The stockade was built for protection from the Esopus Indians. Governor Stuyvesant ordered the building of the stockade in the spring of 1658.
The original order is owned by Ulster County, and County Clerk Nina Postupack’s office has loaned the order for the unveiling of the new exhibit. In adition, there are other 17th century documents and objects to explore including Native American artifacts, farming implements, and actual pieces of the stockade. Artist Len Tantillo painted a view of what the area may have looked like in the late 17th century. Continue reading
The Spanish, French, and English played large roles in the origins of colonial America. But so too did the Dutch. During the 17th century, they had a “moment” in which they influenced European colonization and development of the Atlantic World.
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Wim Klooster, a Professor of History at Clark University and author of The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic World (Cornell University Press, 2016), guides us through Dutch contributions to the Atlantic World. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/121
The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. The New Netherland Institute is aiming to use this centenary and their Annual Conference to highlight the role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and early New York.
The conference will convene in Albany, at the New York State Museum on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2017. Continue reading
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce (GFCC) and the Queens Historical Society (QHS) are co-hosting a presentation at the Queens Historical Society in Flushing, on Wednesday, January 25th, at 7 pm, “History and Commerce in the Old and the New Netherlands” by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum. Continue reading
Tjerck Claeszen DeWitt, the son of Nicholas DeWitt, immigrated to New Amsterdam (New York City) from Grootholt in Zunterlant in 1656.
Grootholt means Great Wood and Zunterland was probably located on the southern border of East Friesland, a German territory on the North Sea only ten miles from the most northerly province of the Netherlands. Continue reading
The Mabee Farm Historic Site will host “Schenectady’s Struggle for Democracy” with Historian John Gearing, Saturday, November 5th at 2 pm.
Lawyer and historian John Gearing will cover decades of political intrigue, drawn-out lawsuits, and citizens’ voices going unheard through the road to Schenectady’s democracy. Continue reading