CLAGUE AND CAROL VAN SLYKE ARTICLE PRIZE

Clague and Carol Van Slyke

Clague and Carol Van Slyke, brother and sister, were born and raised in Benson, Minnesota. Tenth-generation descendants of Cornelis Antonissen Van Skyck—who settled in the area around present-day Albany and Schenectady in 1634—they also claimed Swedish, Norwegian, English, Manx, German, French and Native American heritage.

Clague A. Van Slyke was born in 1924 and served in the Army during World War II before graduating from the University of Minnesota with both his bachelor's and law degrees. In the early 1950s he settled in Tucson, Arizona, where he and his wife Sally (Beardsley) raised their family of four children, and where he practiced law for almost 60 years. Clague was a patron of the arts, a peace activist and a supporter of social justice causes, and was deeply involved in the civic affairs of a burgeoning Tucson up until his death in 2008.

Carol Van Slyke Lazo was born in 1927 and graduated from Macalaster College before going to West Germany as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. There she met and married Sgt. Kent Lazo, with whom she raised a family of four children in Germany, Denver, Cincinnati, Houston and England. She was a bird lover, painter, writer and fervent supporter of liberal causes. In her later years, she lived in Breckenridge and Grand Junction, Colorado, where she died in 2011.

The Clague and Carol Van Slyke Article Prize is named in their memory, and given in honor of their New Netherland ancestry.

The New Netherland Institute now offers an annual $1000 prize for the best published article relating to the Dutch colonial experience in the Atlantic world, with a special sensitivity to New Netherland or its legacyA committee of scholars will consider entries in the fields of history, archaeology, literature, language, geography, biography, and the arts. Entries must be based upon original research. Articles must be written in English and be published for the first time no earlier than three calendar years before the deadline, e.g. no earlier than 2014 for the 2017 prize. Chapters from a monograph, works of fiction, and encyclopedia entries will not be considered. Only one submission per author will be accepted. Both academic and independent scholars are invited to participate.

Prize-winning articles should make an important contribution to the understanding of New Netherland and its legacy, specifically or broadly defined, exhibit exceptional research and be well written.Submissions may come from self-nomination, an outside nomination, committee members, or in response to invitations to submit articles from committee members.

Four copies of articles for consideration (non returnable) must be submitted by the author, editor, colleague, or other interested party by April 1st. Articles should be sent in hard copy to the Article Prize Committee, New Netherland Institute, P.O. Box 2536, Empire State Plaza Station, Albany, NY 12220-0536. You may inform us electronically nyslfnn@nysed.gov by the deadline that you plan to submit an article for consideration. Please include your e-mail address and mailing address with your submission. The winner will be notified by August and the prize will be presented at the Institute's Annual Conference.

Annual Award Prize Winners 

2016 Jeroen Dewulf, "‘A Strong Barbaric Accent?’ America’s Dutch-Speaking Black Community from Seventeenth-Century New Netherland to Nineteenth-Century New York and New Jersey”

2015 Jeroen DeWulf, "Emulating a Portuguese Model: The Slave Policy of the West India Company and the Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Brazil (1630-1654)."

2014 David Voorhees, "English Law through Dutch Eyes: The Leislerian Understanding of the English Legal System in New York," published in Opening Statements: Law, Jurisprudence, and the Legacy of Dutch New York.

2013 Mark Meuwese, “The Dutch Connection: New Netherland, the Pequots, and the Puritans in Southern New England, 1620–1638,” Early American Studies, Vol. 9 (Spring 2011), 295-323. 

About the New Netherland Institute

For a quarter century NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. Directed by Dr. Charles Gehring. More

 

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