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Podcast Considers What Makes New York, New York


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In the latest episode of the “New Netherland Praatjes” podcast, author and museum curator Steve Jaffe chats with Steve McErleane and Russell Shorto about Jaffe’s work on the “New York at Its Core” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, a new installation that attempts to answer the question “What makes New York New York?”

Topics include the challenges of presenting history to the public, the role of technology in museums, and how museum professionals have dealt with the death of the so-called grand narrative. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic


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realm between empiresA new book by Wim Klooster and Gert Oostindie, Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (Cornell University Press, 2018) presents a fresh look at the Dutch Atlantic after New Netherland.

This epoch (1680–1815), the authors argue, marked a distinct and significant era in which Dutch military power declined and Dutch colonies began to chart a more autonomous path. Continue reading

Adriaen van der Donck: 17th Century Dutch Legal Rebel


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Adriaen Van Der Donck A Dutch RebelJulie Van Den Hout’s new book Adriaen Van Der Donck: A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-century America (Excelsior Editions, 2018) tells the compelling story of Adriaen van der Donck (1618–1655), whose fight to secure the struggling Dutch colony of New Netherland made him a controversial but pivotal figure in early America.

At best, he has been labeled a hero, a visionary, and a spokesman of the people. At worst, he has been branded arrogant and selfish, thinking only of his own ambitions.

The wide range of opinions about him testifies to the fact that, more than three centuries after his death, Van der Donck (after whose honorific Jonkheer, Yonkers is named) remains an intriguing character. Continue reading

Dutch Architect, André Hoek at Historic Hudson


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dutch architectureDutch Architect André Hoek is set to give a lecture on “A Dutch Approach to Historic Preservation, Preserving ‘Spirit of Place'” on Sunday, March 25th from 4 to 6 pm at Stair Galleries, (Upstairs), 549 Warren Street, in Hudson, NY. Following the lecture, wine and other beverages will be served.

André Hoek, a Dutch architect specializing in historic preservation, will speak about the techniques and tools developed in the Netherlands to survey, study, restore, protect and maintain historic buildings and gardens. He will discuss whether these methods can apply to historic buildings, especially those of Dutch origin, in the Hudson Valley. Continue reading

Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City Lecture


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1695 Kingston Stockade AreaThe Senate House Museum in Kingston is planning a discussion of their newest exhibit, “Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City”, on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 7 pm.

The program will be presented by Travis Bowman, Curator at the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites in Waterford. He will discuss the research and translations that were conducted in preparation for the new exhibit, giving a more in-depth glimpse to everyday life in late 17th century Kingston. Continue reading

New Netherland Annual Conference Call for Papers


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Map of New Netherland and New England, with north to the rightThe New Netherland Institute (NNI) is now accepting presentation proposals for their 41st Annual Conference, which will convene in Albany, New York at the New York State Museum on the 22nd of September 2018.

The program committee welcomes paper proposals on any aspect of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony. Proposals that highlight the legacy of New Netherland are also encouraged. Continue reading

New Blog About New Netherland and British New York


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The Grocery Shop by Gerrit Dou 1672Launched in October, Calicos, Camelots and Swords is a new blog focused on the exploration of primary sources material of Dutch New Netherland and British New York.

The blog’s producer, Tara Mancini, has aggregated data from more than 100 probate, ship, and store inventories, in addition to court records and letters from 1600 through 1765. The database includes another couple dozen inventories from neighboring colonies for comparison.

Excerpts from these primary sources are referenced in Calicos, Camelots and Swords’ posts. Topics focus on material culture, trade, and economics. Continue reading

Women Focus of 40th New Netherland Conference


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NNI 2017 conference bannerThe year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.

The New Netherland Institute (NNI) is using this centenary and its Annual Conference on September 22 and 23, to highlight the important role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and in early New York.

NNI will host speakers from both academic and non-academic backgrounds, including first-time and returning presenters, to this year’s event. Continue reading