Live from New Amsterdam

NNI and the New Amsterdam Project at the New-York Historical Society are working together to produce a monthly series of conversations, entitled “Live from New Amsterdam.”  In the first interview in January, author Russell Shorto spoke with Kamau Ware of the Black Gotham Experience about the city’s early Black communities.  In February, Shorto talked with Duane Blue Spruce about indigenous experiences in seventeenth-century New Amsterdam.  This month’s guest was Melissa Morris of the University of Wyoming, and she and Deborah Hamer discussed the impact of Dutch colonialism in the Guianas on New Netherland.

On April 27, historical geographer Chelsea Teale is the guest, and the topic is climate and weather in New Netherland.  She will discuss events like assumptions and perceptions of climate, and noteworthy events like drought, flooding, and severe winters.

“Live from New Amsterdam” episodes are available under the Programs tab of the New-York Historical Society website.


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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