The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host a Dutch Taste & Traditions Day on Sunday, November 24th, from noon to 5 pm. During the 17th century, Dutch settlers to the Hudson River Valley brought Old World traditions and culture with them.
From noon to 4:30 pm, visitors of all ages can experience the Dutch heritage of the Albany area. This event features an educational program about Dutch traditions and how they influenced life in early New York, a Delft tile decorating art-making activity, and Dutch desserts in the Museum Cafe.
In addition, at 2 pm there will be a special lecture by Sam Huntington of Crailo State Historic Site called “Sinterklaas, Solemn Festivals, and Scandalous and Unseemly Celebrations: Dutch Holiday Traditions in Early Albany.”
Long after the English takeover of New Netherland, Dutch language, traditions, and customs lingered on. In colonial New Netherland and New York, holiday traditions followed a familiar Dutch form, but often merged with other traditions as well. This lecture highlights the ways that Dutch holidays like Shrovetide (Carnival), Pinkster, and St. Nicholas Day were celebrated in Hudson Valley during the 17th and 18th centuries.
This event is open to the public and the special activities are included with museum admission. Admission rates are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and students with ID, $6 for children aged 6-12, and free for children under 6. Albany Institute members are admitted for free.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets. More information is available on their website, or by calling (518) 463-4478.
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