NEW NETHERLAND PRAATJES
Hosted by best-selling author Russell Shorto—author of The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City—New Netherland Praatjes is a series of chats with historians, archaeologists, and other experts on New Netherland and the world of the 17th-century Dutch. Subscribe via iTunes, or listen to individual episodes below or via iTunes. Intro music royalty free from Bensound.
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NNI’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.
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. Heidi also answers the burning question "Were the words to Yankee Doodle actually written at Crailo?"
Historian and New Netherland Research Center Associate Director Janny Venema chats with Russell Shorto about her more than thirty years of experience working with the documents of New Netherland, 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.
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 centuries. Some of the archaeological digs he details are Schuyler Flatts, the Van Curler house, and Fort Orange.
Versatile scholar Jeroen Dewulf chats with Russell Shorto about Dewulf's article "Emulating a Portuguese Model: The Slave Policy of the West India Company and the Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Brazil (1630-1654) and New Netherland (1614-1664) in Comparative Perspective." The chief topic of the chat is the influence of Portuguese policies on New Netherland's system of forced labor.
Historian Susanah Romney, author of the award-winning book New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America, chats with Russell Shorto about Romney's research on intimate networks in the 17th-century Atlantic world and the ambiguities of Dutch translation.
Len Tantillo, historical and marine artist, and Russell Shorto discuss Tantillo's distinguished career as a painter and storyteller of the early history of New York State.
James Bradley, archaeologist and scholar of the American Indian, and Russell Shorto discuss a broad range of topics related to the Indians who once inhabitated and some who still inhabit the American northeast.
Charles Gehring, Director of the New Netherland Research Center, and Russell Shorto discuss various topics, including Dr. Gehring's forty-year career as a translator of the archives of New Netherland and the historical significance of the 17th-century Dutch colony.