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 upcoming conference is 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

Download the Event Schedule.

View the Conference Bios.

Register here: https://crm.newnetherlandinstitute.org/conference/

The New Netherland Institute gratefully acknowledges Dutch Culture USA which provided financial support to make this event possible.  


 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
XXIII New Light on New Netherland

September 2000
 XXII New Netherland through the Decades

September 1999
  XXI Tolerance and Cultural Diversity in New Netherland

September 1998
   XX The West India Company and the Atlantic World

September 1997
  XIX The Staffs of Life: Bread and Beer

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

September 1995
 XVII Family History: Two Branches into New Netherland Research

September 1994
  XVI Manor Life and Culture in the Hudson Valley

October 1993
   XV The Dutch in the Age of Exploration

September 1992
  XIV The Persistence of the Dutch after 1664

September 1991
 XIII New Netherland and the Frontier

September 1990
  XII The Age of Leisler

September 1989
   XI Domestic Life in New Netherland

September 1988
   X A New Netherland Hutspot

September 1987
   IX Dutch Foundations of Albany

September 1986
 VIII Merchants and Traders of New Netherland and Early New York

September 1985
  VII Education in New Netherland and the Middle Colonies

September 1984
   VI Blacks in New Netherland and the Middle Colonies

February 1983
    V Historical Archeology

September 1982
   IV Hudson Valley Families

September 1981
  III Crime and Punishment in New Netherland

September 1980
   II Agriculture and Farm-related Industries

September 1979
    I Seminar 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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