Slavery and the Slave Trade in New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic World (May 3-4, 2024)

In Conjunction with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New-York Historical Society

Friday, May 3, 2024
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037

Saturday, May 4, 2024
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

You have the option to register for either day or for both days, but please remember to click the registration links for both days if you plan to join us for both. The registrations for each day are separate.
Register to join us on May 3 here.
Register to join us on May 4 here.


2023 New Netherland Institute Annual Conference

Get a Sense of New Netherland: Approaching the Dutch through Sight, Sound, Taste, and Touch

Saturday, October 7, 2023
Huxley Theater
New York State Museum, Albany New York
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230


2022 New Netherland Institute Annual Conference

Alida Livingston's World: Women in New Netherland and Early New York

In Conjunction with the New-York Historical Society

Saturday, October 1, 2022
Robert H. Smith Auditorium
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024






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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