Who’s Who

Officers and Trustees of the New Netherland Institute

Marilyn E. Douglas, President

Michael Vande Woude, Vice President

Ellen Zunon, Secretary

John Brownell, CPA Treasurer

Phoebe Bender

Richard C. Kiger

E. James Schermerhorn

Melissa Thompson-Flynn

Everett Law Zabriskie, III

Ex Officio

Dr. Charles T. Gehring, Director NNRC

Janny Venema, NNRC Associate Director Emeritus

Drs. J. W. P. (Jan) Kennis, Common Cultural Heritage Liaison (NL)

Past President
R. J. Jippe Hiemstra, deceased

(Current as of 12/2022)

About the New Netherland Institute

For over three decades, 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. More


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