In 1991 a collection of papers from the first ten conferences was published as “A Beautiful and Fruitful Place,” Volume 1, a volume that is hard to come by these days. Its contents are presented here.

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I Seminar on Rensselaerswijck April 1979

Bielinski, The Schout in Rensselaerswijck: A Conflict of Interests

Dunn, Enlarging Rensselaerswijck

Piwonka, Recovering the Lost Ark: Dutch Graphic Tradition in the Hudson Valley

II Agriculture and Farm-related Industries September 1979

Blackburn, The Persistence of Dutch Culture: Account of Building a Farm in 1787

Wilcoxen, Ships and Work Boats of New Netherland, 1609-1674

III Crime and Punishment in New Netherland September 1980

Biemer, Criminal Law and Women in New Amsterdam and Early New York

Christianson, Criminal Punishment in New Netherland 

IV Hudson Valley Families September 1981

Kenney, The Transformation of the Albany Patricians, 1778-1860

Houde, Not Just Another Pretty Dress

Christoph, The Colonial Family: Kinship and Power

Bielinski, How a City Worked: Occupations in Colonial Albany

V Historical Archeology September 1982

Snow, Dating the Emergence of the League of the Iroquois

VI Blacks in New Netherland and the Middle Colonies February 1983

Goodfriend, Black Families in New Netherland

Christoph, The Freedmen of New Amsterdam

Davis, These Enemies of their own Household: Slaves in 18th Century New York

VII Education in New Netherland and the Middle Colonies September 1984

Frost, 356 Years of Formal Education in New York City

Maglione, Evidence for the Establishment of Collegiate School in 1628

De Jong, The Education and Training of Dutch Ministers

Howard, Apprenticeship and Economic Education in New Netherland

Hageman, The Dutch Battle for Higher Education in the Middle Colonies

Hershkowitz, Abigail Franks and Jewish Education in Early New York

VIII Merchants and Traders of New Netherland and Early New York September 1985

Wilcoxen, Dutch Trade with New England

Starna, Seventeenth Century Dutch-Indian Trade: A Perspective from Iroquoia

Matson, The "Hollander Interest" and Ideas about Free Trade in Colonial New York

Rink, New Netherland and the Amsterdam Merchants: Unraveling a Secret Colonialism

Burke, New Netherland Fur Trade, 1657-1661: Response to Crisis

IX Dutch Foundations of Albany September 1986

Folkerts, Van Rensselaer and Agricultural Productivity in his Domain

Alexander, Religion in Rensselaerswijck

Merwick, The Rituals of Handelstijd: Beverwijck, 1652-1664

Huey, The Archeology of Fort Orange and Beverwijck

X A New Netherland Hutspot September 1987

Tanis, The Dutch-American Connection: The Impact of the Dutch Example on American Constitutional Beginnings

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