September 20, 2014 at the Carole F. Huxley Theater, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY: "1614"

"1614" will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the construction of Fort Nassau on Castle Island in the port of Albany. It will feature five speakers: 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; and 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.

A special presentation by Dutch archaeologists Oscar Hefting, Project Coordinator of the Atlas of Dutch Brazil for the New Holland Foundation, and Hans van Westing, Project Manager for Foundation Archaeology & Monuments for the New Holland Foundation, will feature recent archaeological investigations into 17th-century Dutch earthen defense works at the site of New Holland in tropical Brazil and the insights they may provide into similar structures in North America.

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Bonus session added: "Dutch Fortifications in New Netherland"

Don't forget to buy a raffle ticket for the "1614 Quilt."

Celebrate 400 years of Dutch history in America and find out who really settled America at the Annual New Netherland Seminar in Albany, New York on Saturday 20, 2014. Scholars from the Netherlands and the United States will discuss historical and archeological evidence of the 17th century Dutch settlement of North America. Topics include Dutch affairs and Native Americans, relations between the Dutch and their French and English neighbors in the New World, and historical evidence of the location and appearance of the Dutch trading post of Fort Nassau.

This is the 37th New Netherland Seminar. The first Rensselaerswijck Seminar was held by the New Netherland Project in 1979. The Project was five years old. Without secure funding, it was imperiled by sporadic support and low visibility. It needed to go public. The Seminar was one step to spread the word about its work and about New Netherland in general.

More than three decades later, the New Netherland Project has transformed into the New Netherland Research Center. In 2013 the NNRC and the New Netherland Institute held the 36th annual event, now renamed the New Netherland Seminar. 

Each Seminar centers around a common theme. Recent examples include “The Dutch on the Delaware: New Netherland’s South River,” “The Company Strikes Back: 1673 Recovery of New Netherland, ” and the most recent seminar in 2013, "The Dutch Revolt and New Netherland." Over one to two days, speakers from the United States and abroad present papers on aspects of that year’s theme. Dr. Charles Gehring, Director of the New Netherland Research Center (and formerly of the New Netherland Project) moderates the event. The New Netherland Dinner and frequently a field trip to explore local historic sites accompany the Seminar. 

Albany has been the most common place for Seminars, with occasional visits to other locales. The 2011 Seminar was held in Delaware and focused on the Dutch experience in that area. The 2012 Seminar was held at the Mabee Farm in Schenectady, NY. The New-York Historical Society in Manhattan hosted the 2013 Seminar. 


Explore Past Seminars

Papers from the first ten Seminars, 1979 - 1987, were published as "A Beautiful and Fruitful Place," Volume 1, and are available online.


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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