New Netherland Institute News And Events

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NNI Quilt RaffleThe New Netherland Institute (NNI), which is currently commemorating the 1614 establishment of Fort Nassau in Albany, has announced their Annual General Meeting (featuring a tour of the Van Schaick Mansion and a short talk by Russell Shorto); the line-up for the 37th New Netherland Seminar; and an opportunity to win a commemorative quilt.

The NNI Annual General Meeting will be Saturday, May 17, 2014. The days starts with a tour of the Van Schaick Mansion in Cohoes. at 9:30 am. The Business Meeting begins at 11:30 am, followed by a cash bar and Luncheon at 1:00 pm at the Van Schaick Country Club, Cohoes, featuring a research update by Russell Shorto. The tour and luncheon cost $30; to register go to

The New Netherland Institute has also announced its 37th New Netherland Seminar, which will take place in the Huxley Theater of the Cultural Education Center in Albany, NY.  The program will also commemorate the 400th anniversary of the construction of Fort Nassau on Castle Island in the port of Albany.

“1614” will feature five speakers, including Jeremy Bangs, Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation, Leiden NL, Leslie Choquette, Professor of History Assumption College, Worcester, MA, Willem Frijhoff, consultant on research in history, chair Cultural Dynamics (NWO), visiting professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL, William A. Starna, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York College at Oneonta, Len Tantillo, Historical and Marine Artist, Nassau, NY. These speakers will place the Dutch trading post in its historical context as well as offer arguments for its probable location on the island.  The complete program will appear soon on their website and in the next issue of the Marcurius.

Finally, the New Netherland Institute is raffling a quilt designed by Len Tantillo and quilted by Bonnie Urso, the NNI’s Office Manager and Corliss Tantillo, Len’s wife. The quilt features a 17th century ship in the center which represents Dutch commercial activity in the Hudson Valley.

The quilt will be on display at the Albany Heritage Visitors Center and the New York State Museum.  Raffle tickets are 3 for $25.00 and are available for purchase online at or by mail at NNI, P.O. Box 2536, Albany, NY 12220-0536.

The drawing for the quilt will be held on September 20th at New Netherland Institute’s 37th Seminar. Winner need not be present.




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  1. Duncan Crary

    There are two local historians in Albany who are working to raise awareness for what they strongly believe is the true location of Fort Nassau: Don Rittner and John Wolcott. They are fairly certain the ruins of the fort are located near the Port of Albany, possibly on the site planned for oil heating operations.

    Oil Plant Could Destroy 1614 Dutch Fort in Albany, New York (Press Release)

    Historians debate location of early Dutch settlement in Albany (North Country Public Radio)

    This issue has been covered in the media recently by The Associated Press and various national Dutch publications in the Netherlands, including Elsevier Magazine (March 15, 2014 edition).


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