The 39th Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute will take place for the first time in the state of New Jersey.
Located between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, New Jersey has often been neglected in favor of more dramatic developments to the east and west. However, as the site of Pavonia, an early patroonship with major agricultural potential, and as the geographic connection between New Amsterdam and the Delaware River settlements, the Garden State’s seventeenth-century origins well deserve attention.
Registration will be available on New Netherland Institute’s website in the coming weeks.
The conference and its companion events will take place over three days, beginning on Thursday the 22nd of September and concluding on Saturday the 24th.
Friday morning’s session is expected to explore the trials and tribulations of the early years of Dutch colonization in the region, with the afternoon session exploring the survival of Dutch heritage in New Jersey following the final transfer to the English.
There will be two additional sessions on Saturday morning, beginning with a panel discussion with NNI’s Emerging Scholars on their decision to study New Netherland. The morning will conclude with a session on Dutch fortifications in New Netherland.
Friday night’s dinner will feature a talk by Elizabeth Bradley, the author of Knickerbocker: The Myth Behind New York, a cultural history of New York’s first mascot, and the editor of the Penguin Classics Edition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories and Irving’s A History of New York.
More details, along with registration information, will be available on New Netherland Institute’s website.