In this episode, hear from historian Cyndi LaPierre on the history of the word “Catskills,” and if you’re wondering why Kaatscast starts with a “K,” instead of a “C,” this segment should help clear things up. In the second half of the show, we’ll travel to Kaaterskill falls with geologist Bob Titus, who takes us back even further, to when the Catskills felt more like the Bahamas! [Read more…] about Kaatscast Considers Kaatskills and the Dutch
The Museum Association of New York has announced Creating a Dutch Colonial Heritage Hudson Valley Tourism Experience with Russell Shorto, a program set for Tuesday, March 31 at 1 pm.
Russell Shorto’s June 2019 NY Times article “In the Hudson Valley: A Drive Back in Time” renewed public tourism interest in Dutch colonial history. New York’s Dutch roots give the state’s history a unique grounding, and they offer historic sites an opportunity with great potential for tourism and economic development. [Read more…] about Boosting Hudson Valley Dutch Heritage Tourism
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. The book tells the story of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, two Dutch Christians who sheltered Dutch Jews in World War II. [Read more…] about A Story from the Holocaust in Holland
In the late summer of 1664, four English frigates arrived off shore New Amsterdam. Rather than resisting, the Director-General of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant, surrendered the city and colony to the English.
Although the Dutch briefly regained control of the colony in 1673, it was restored to English rule in the Treaty of Westminster the following year, marking the end of Dutch New York.
Despite the English conquest, the Dutch language continued to thrive in New York and northern New Jersey for generations, persisting into the twentieth century in certain areas. [Read more…] about When Did New York Stop Speaking Dutch?
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. [Read more…] about Dutch Taste & Traditions Day In Albany Sunday
What role do maps play in making empires?
Christian Koot is a Professor of History at Towson University and the author of A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (NYU Press, 2017). Christian has researched and written two books about the seventeenth-century Anglo-Dutch World go better understand empires and how they are made. He joins us in this episode of Ben Franklin’s World to take us through his research and to share what one specific map, Augustine Herrman’s 1673 map Virginia and Maryland, reveals about empire and empire making. [Read more…] about Mapping Empire in the Chesapeake
The American Declaration of Independence has striking parallels with the Dutch Act of Abjuration (1581)—different ages, different people, but the same struggle, the same principles, the same values, and even the same phrasing. Is this a coincidence, or did Declaration of Independence committee member Robert R Livingston, a founding father which Dutch roots, impact the American document with his knowledge of Dutch history?
Dr. Geerten Whaling, a Dutch historian from the University of Leiden, will be discussing the revolutionary history of the founding of the Dutch Republic and it’s direct and indirect influence on the Founders of the United States at the Clermont State Historic Site on March 14th. [Read more…] about Robert Livingston, Dutch Ideas, and the American Revolution
Have you ever wondered where the Christmas traditions of stockings, presents, and cookies come from?
What about jolly, old Saint Nicholas? Who was he and why do we often call him Santa Claus?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Peter G. Rose, culinary historian of Dutch foodways in North America and author of Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats (SUNY Press, 2014) joins us to discuss the origins of Santa Claus and edible goodies such as cookies in the United States. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/218