The New Netherland Institute, in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society, will host it’s annual conference on Saturday, October 1st.
This year’s conference, “Alida Livingston’s World: Women in New Netherland and Early New York” will be a hybrid event. It will be held at the New-York Historical Society and live-streamed via the New-York Historical Society’s website.
The conference will explore the lives of women — Dutch, African, Indigenous, and English — who shaped and built New Netherland and colonial New York in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Presented in partnership with the New Amsterdam Project and the Center for Women’s History at New-York Historical Society, this conference will feature two panel conversations and a keynote address inspired by the on-going translation of the papers of Alida Schuyler Livingston (1656-1727), an elite Dutch woman who exerted substantial influence over colonial politics, economics, and diplomacy.
Her correspondence with her husband Robert Livingston (1654-1728) represents one of the most significant collections of women’s writing in 17th-Century North America. Leading historians and scholars will use Livingston’s surviving letters, business records, accounts, and documents to unearth the impact of women, including those enslaved by the Livingston family and those indigenous to the region, on the history of the Dutch and later British colony.
The conference will be held from 1 to 6 pm, in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, located at 170 Central Park West, New York.
Tickets for both the in-person and streaming events are available through New-York Historical Society’s website or by calling (212) 485-9268. For more information including a conference schedule, click here.
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