NNI Annual Conference

For over four decades, the Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute (previously known as the Rensselaerswyck Seminar and subsequently the New Netherland Seminar) has brought the best research on New Netherland to a venue in the northeast in the fall.

Our most recent conference, the 44th, in October 2022, was Alida Livingston's World: Women in New Netherland and Early New York, held in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society.

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Programs for all seminars are available below.

Selected papers for Seminars I through X were published in A Beautiful and Fruitful Place, Volume 1, and are now available online.

Selected presentations from the 2012 and 2013 seminars can be seen on our Videos page. The 2021 and 2022 conferences are available on video in their entirety.

2021 Video: The Black Experience in Dutch New York

2022 Video: Alida Livingston's World: Women in New Netherland and Early New York

Audio of the presentations from the 2015 seminar/conference can be heard here.

In 2020, NNI held no conference due to the Covid-19 outbreak.


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

October 1, 2022 Watch the Video


The Black Experience in Dutch New York

October 23, 2021 Watch the Video


New Directions on the Early Dutch

October 5, 2019


Conflict and Collaboration in the New World

September 22, 2018


Women in New Netherland

September 22 and 23, 2017


From Pavonia to the Garden State: New Jersey's Dutch Past

September 23 and 24, 2016


The Dutch in America Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons

September 18 and 19, 2015



September 20, 2014


The Dutch Revolt and New Netherland

October 5, 2013


New Scholars present New Research on New Netherland

September 14-15, 2012


The Dutch on the Delaware: New Netherland's South River

September 16-17, 2011


The Company Strikes Back: 1673 Recovery of New Netherland

September 25, 2010


Kiliaen van Rensselaer's Colonie: The Beginning of European Settlement of the Upper Hudson

October 1-3, 2009


Neighbors in the New World: New Netherland and New France
September 13, 2008


The Truce, 1609-1621

September 15, 2007


From De Halve Maen to KLM: 400 Years of Dutch-American Exchange
June 8-10, 2006


The Dutch in the Caribbean
September 17, 2005


Early Modern Albany: Colonial Intersections in the Dutch New World
October 9, 2004


Nieuw Amsterdam: A Dutch City in the New World
September 20, 2003


Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the Edge of the Atlantic World
September 21, 2002


New Netherland at the Millennium: The State of New World Dutch Studies was a two-day conference done in conjunction with the Holland Society of New York.

October 2001
XXIIINew Light on New Netherland

September 2000
XXIINew Netherland through the Decades

September 1999
XXITolerance and Cultural Diversity in New Netherland

September 1998
XXThe West India Company and the Atlantic World

September 1997
XIXThe Staffs of Life: Bread and Beer

September 1996
XVIII"neighbourlie correspondencye" Relations between New Netherland and New England

September 1995
XVIIFamily History: Two Branches into New Netherland Research

September 1994
XVIManor Life and Culture in the Hudson Valley

October 1993
XVThe Dutch in the Age of Exploration

September 1992
XIVThe Persistence of the Dutch after 1664

September 1991
XIIINew Netherland and the Frontier

September 1990
XIIThe Age of Leisler

September 1989
XIDomestic Life in New Netherland

September 1988
XA New Netherland Hutspot

September 1987
IXDutch Foundations of Albany

September 1986
VIIIMerchants and Traders of New Netherland and Early New York

September 1985
VIIEducation in New Netherland and the Middle Colonies

September 1984
VIBlacks in New Netherland and the Middle Colonies

February 1983
VHistorical Archeology

September 1982
IVHudson Valley Families

September 1981
IIICrime and Punishment in New Netherland

September 1980
IIAgriculture and Farm-related Industries

September 1979
ISeminar on Rensselaerswijck

April 1979

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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