Save the Date: Saturday September 21, 2024 for the New Netherland Institute's Joint Conference with the Albany Institute of History & Art.

Recent Past Events

FORT ORANGE GALA DINNER, June 7, 2024  Commemorating the Four Hundredth Anniversary Of The Settlement of New Netherland and The Establishment of Fort Orange And The Fiftieth Anniversary Of Charly Gehring’s Work Translating 17th Century Dutch Documents. 

Past Conferences

Slavery and the Slave Trade in New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic World (May 3-4, 2024)held in conjunction with the New Amsterdam Project at New-York Historical Society and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Find the program for May 3 here and for May 4 here.

Get a Sense of New Netherland: Approaching the Dutch through Sight, Sound, Taste, and Touch (October 7, 2023). This was the New Netherland Institute's annual conference for 2023View the program here.


Alida Livingston's World: Women in New Netherland and Early New York (October 1, 2022).  This conference was New Netherland Institute's Annual Conference in 2022 and held in Conjunction with the New-York Historical Society






Tuesday March 28, 2023

Join NNI Director Deborah Hamer & NYU Professor Susanah Romney for this virtual talk sponsored by the New Amsterdam History Center & the New-York Historical Society.

The discussion will explore the social role of women in New Netherland, Brazil, and other places in the expanding Dutch world of the seventeenth century. What pathways and options were available to women in the Dutch empire? What part did social class play in their choices and strategies? How did marriage and local marriage regulations affect the ability of wives and unmarried females to survive and to flourish, or not, in colonial imperial societies? How influential were women in building colonial societies? And how closely, or not, did those societies resemble a Dutch paradigm?

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NNI's 2021 Virtual Conference with the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society




2012SeminarBuis140.jpgNNI's Annual Conference

The NNI Annual Conference, originally named the Rensselaerswijck Seminar, has showcased research into the early history and culture of the Dutch in America.

NNIDinnerReynolds140.jpgNew Netherland Dinner

Held in conjunction with the Annual Conference, the New Netherland Dinner is an evening to share food & fun and hear a speaker like Chip Reynolds, skipper of the Half Moon (pictured.)

Len_CT_painting.jpegPeter Gansevoort Ten Eyck Lecture Series

From April to June of 2019, NNI hosted a series of elevent lectures on all things New Netherland, each at a different venue in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and the Capital Region. COVID restrictions prevented us from continuing the series in 2020-2021. We hope to continue this series, albeit virtually, in 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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