2017 Annual Appeal


Dear members, friends, and supporters,

With the end of the year fast approaching, we at the New Netherland Institute feel deep gratitude for the support of our friends and benefactors. Thanks to you this has been an exceptionally rewarding year, and we are poised to build on these achievements in 2018. Though increasingly varied—as you will see below—all our undertakings have one thing in common. They could not succeed without support from generous individuals like you. We welcome you to become a member of NNI for the year 2018 (if you have not already) and to please consider supporting our important work with an additional tax-deductible year-end gift.

The records of New Netherland will always be the foundation for our work, and we continue to enthusiastically support their translation. As I write, we are readying Council Minutes, 1656–1658, a 650-page volume of the proceedings of New Netherland’s governing council, for printing. Dr. Venema’s translation of Correspondence, 1659-1660 is next in line for publication. Also underway is Artyom Anikin’s translation of the papers of the administration of Anthony Colve, the governor general of New Netherland during its brief restoration in 1673–1674. Anikin, a former NNRC Student Scholar, has been commissioned to do the work by the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames.

Our conferences and public programs continue to offer excellent opportunities for both speakers and attendees. In June we brought New Netherland back to Hartford with our program “The Dutch in Connecticut.” We are currently planning a similar event for next June in Brooklyn. Our 40th Annual Conference, in which eleven excellent speakers highlighted the role of women in New Netherland, was held at the New York State Museum in Albany in September. A call for papers for our 41st Annual Conference next September will be going out shortly.

We love to recognize excellent scholarship on New Netherland and 2017 was a great year for it. Firth Fabend received the 2017 Alice P. Kenney Award for her scholarship on New Netherland and Dutch Americans in the nineteenth century, Kenneth Shefsiek the Hendricks Award for his book Set in Stone, and Lou Roper the Clague and Carole Van Slyke Article Prize for his article on the English capture of New Netherland, all awards proudly sponsored by NNI. Last but certainly not least is our own Janny Venema, who received the honor of Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In other news, the American Historical Association has invited a panel of our Emerging Scholars to present at its 2018 Annual Meeting; the popular book New Netherland in a Nutshell will soon be in its second printing and will be distributed to public libraries across New Jersey and Delaware; talks between us and Cornell University Press on a co-publication plan are moving along nicely; and we continue our work on classroom educational material, with a set of revised and updated lesson plans expected on our website in 2018.

We’ve been keeping busy. And it’s worth repeating that we couldn’t do it without your support. The Institute’s trustees, associates, friends, hard-working staff, and I send you our heartfelt thanks.

Yours sincerely,


 R. J. Jippe Hiemstra, board president

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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