SUMMER CONFERENCE

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For the third time in as many summers, we are taking New Netherland "on the road." This year, in partnership with the Old Stone House, we are visiting New York City's most populous borough for the program "Bringing New Netherland Back to Breuckelen." 

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The event will kick off on Friday evening on the patio (under the tent) with food, drinks, and a talk by Russell Shorto, author of the ubiquitous The Island at the Center of the World and most recently Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom. 

Saturday's program will be inside the Old Stone House (space is limited, so don't hesitate!) and will feature talks on a host of New Netherland topics. The morning will begin with Russell Shorto on the Golden Age and New Netherland, followed by three talks on New Netherland's major settlements: New Amsterdam and western Long Island (Dennis Maika), the South River (Charles Gehring), and Beverwijck and Rensselaerswijck (Janny Venema). Saturday morning will conclude with a panel on New Netherland scholarship, past, present, and future. 

The afternoon's presentations will be have a narrower focus. Historian Andrea Mosterman will highlight Brooklyn's black history into the nineteenth century in "Forgotten Residents: Brooklyn's Black Population," and historical artist Len Tantillo will discuss his work on the Brooklyn Ferry landing in 1746. A talk on archaeology by another scholar is still to be determined. The event will wrap up with a panel on how New Netherland is portrayed today in public sites. Confirmed participants are Kamau Ware (Black Gotham), John Krawchuk (NYC's Historic House Trust), and Melissa Branfman (Wyckoff House).

About the New Netherland Institute

For a quarter century 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. Directed by Dr. Charles Gehring. More

 

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