The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host author Julie van den Hout on Sunday, September 23 at 2 pm for a lecture on her book Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America. This lecture is co-sponsored by the New Netherland Institute and is included with museum admission.
Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America focuses on Adriaen van der Donck, a young legal activist from the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland. The book details his life from his childhood and education, but it focuses on his battle to bring his struggling colony’s complaints with the Dutch West India Company to the highest level of government in the Dutch Republic. It also delves into the changes he brought long after his death, as well as discussing his book, Description of New Netherland, which contains his vision for the country. Continue reading
In the 17th and 18th century, as New Amsterdam grew from a trading post into a village, a village into a town, and then a town into the port city of New York, its wealthiest residents were financially invested in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. And because they were among the most prominent of its early citizens, many of the city’s oldest streets are named after slaveholders and slave traders. An online database, New York Slavery Records Index, created by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, opens this forgotten history to public view.
During the past year a mayoral commission held public hearings and recommended that a statue of James Marion Sims, a 19th century American physician who experimented on enslaved African women, be removed from the Central Park wall at 103rd street and 5th Avenue in the City of New York. Unfortunately, the commission ignored much of the city’s deep connection to slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, hear Harald Johnson, author of the historical novel New York 1609 which portrays the encounter between explorer Henry Hudson and early Dutch settlers with the Lenape Indians. Continue reading
The Bronck Museum is set to offer guests a “tavern experience” at 7 pm on Saturday, August. 25th.
The Bronck houses will be transformed into a mid-1600s country tavern where costumed volunteers will serve guests a beer specially prepared by Crossroads Brewery in Athens to replicate a beer offered at Pieter Bronck’s Beverwijck tavern. During most of the 1650s Bronck and his wife Hilletje Jans were involved in brewing and keeping just such a tavern on the river front at Beverwijck (today’s Albany). Continue reading
As part of a $59,966 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources planning grant for the preservation and digitization of collections awarded to Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) in April, historians and authors Firth Haring Fabend and David William Voorhees have begun a scholarly evaluation of historical New Paltz documents at HHS and partner institutions: the Town of New Paltz, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library. Continue reading
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has extended the exhibition Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art until December 16, 2018.
Featuring more than one hundred 17th and 18th Century Dutch items from the Netherlands — including 22 oil paintings, a rich diversity of interior furnishings, and decorative and utilitarian objects — the exhibition is installed in a period room in the historic Jean Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721) and celebrates the Dutch culture that flourished in the 1600s and 1700s in New York State’s New Netherland Colony. Continue reading
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
A 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
Wendy E. Harris and Helene van Rossum are set to give a lecture on African enslavement among the Dutch Reformed Churches of New York’s Ulster County and New Jersey’s Raritan Valley on Saturday, April 7th at 4 pm at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. Continue reading
Julie 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