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
On Friday, October 14th, Halve Maen, the replica of Henry Hudson’s famous ship will set sail for a two-week tour along The Netherlands. In 2015, citing financial hardships, the Board of Directors of the New Netherlands Museum moved the Half Moon to the City of Hoorn, The Netherlands.
Halve Maen will visit the six towns that organized, in the early 17th century, the Dutch East India Company, including: Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Amsterdam, Middleburg, Delft, and Rotterdam. You can also follow the ships’ travels at www.halvemaenhoorn.nl.
In the latest episode of the “New Netherland Praatjes” podcast, the New Netherland Institute’s Senior Historian and Education Director Dennis Maika chats with Russell Shorto about Maika’s work on 17th-century New Amsterdam/Manhattan merchants and his work promoting the importance of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony to the New York State Education Department. Topics include the economic structure of the colony, including the role of the Dutch West India Company, and the role of state regulation in the economy. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The 39th Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute will take place for the first time in the state of New Jersey.
Located between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, New Jersey has often been neglected in favor of more dramatic developments to the east and west. However, as the site of Pavonia, an early patroonship with major agricultural potential, and as the geographic connection between New Amsterdam and the Delaware River settlements, the Garden State’s seventeenth-century origins well deserve attention. Continue reading
Although it played a highly significant role in the settling and development of the Capital Region, Fort Crailo, the birthplace of “Yankee Doodle” and the manorial seat for generations for one branch of the Van Rensselaer family, remains relatively little known, even within the Capital Region itself.
Shirley W. Dunn’s new book, Fort Crailo and the Van Rensselaers: The Dutch Colonial Origins of Greenbush & the City of Rensselaer (Black Dome Press, 2016) traces the history of Crailo and the Van Rensselaers from the years leading up to the building of Fort Crailo in 1663, through the war years and through the many additions and renovations over the centuries and generations of Van Rensselaers, to the present day in its role as the museum of Dutch history in the Hudson River Valley. Continue reading
In the latest episode of the New Netherland Praatjes podcast Crailo State Historic Site Director Heidi Hill chats with Russell Shorto about the history surrounding the settlement of the 17th-century Dutch patroonship of Rensselaerswijck, the history of the building itself, and the evolution of the site as a museum. Continue reading
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the New Netherland Institute will be held this Saturday, May 21st at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenbush, 34 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY.
The day will begin at 10 am with the business meeting, which will be followed by the luncheon at noon. The meeting is free to members and nonmembers alike. The luncheon is offered at a price of $25 per person. Continue reading
In this episode of the New Netherland Praatjes Podcast Janny Venema chats with Russell Shorto about her more than thirty years of experience working with the documents of New Netherland.
Venema also discusses her life growing up in the Netherlands, her discovery of the early Dutch history of New York, and her books on early Albany and Kiliaen van Rensselaer, the founder of the patroonship of Rensselaerswijck.
To listen to the podcast, click here. Continue reading
In this episode of the New Netherland Praatjes podcast, archaeologist Paul Huey, who has more than four decades of experience excavating sites across New York State, chats with Russell Shorto about Huey’s long and rewarding career.
Huey explains the process behind archaeological excavations and the evolution of the excavation process over the years. Some of the archaeological digs he details are Schuyler Flatts, the Van Curler house, and Fort Orange. Continue reading