New Netherland Map from "Throughout the Ages"

This map of New Netherland is an example of a primary source around which teachers can build custom worksheets. The “Consider the Source” online resource will include similar lesson templates.

We are still waiting for the release of Consider the Source. In the meantime, please visit this site for lesson plans on New Netherland based on primary sources. 

The New York State Archives’ new "Consider the Source" online resource for educators will be launched in 2014.  As part of this effort, the New Netherland Institute is funding through the NYS Archives Partnership Trust a New Netherland module for elementary, middle and high school teachers and students.

This New Netherland resource will incorporate primary sources from the 17th century, such as maps, artifacts, paintings, letters, wills, receipts and court records, to provide a glimpse of what life was like in a colonial settlement. It will also provide first-hand accounts from ship captains’ journals, ship manifests and other primary sources to bring a deeper understanding of global trade in the 17th century.

All content within the Consider the Source online resource will be directly connected to a series of instructional videos that provide helpful hints on how to integrate primary sources into classroom instruction. In addition, all primary sources will have an accompanying lesson template that can be customized online to meet teacher and student needs. Graphic organizers, a document based question template, and themed case studies and document sets, among other features, will be part of this new online resource.

The instructional videos for using documents in the classroom are now available online from the NYS Archives. The lesson template with customization is now in use at “Throughout the Ages,” the Archives’ visual learning project, with a section covering New Netherland materials.

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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