New Amsterdam History Center

New Amsterdam History Center Welcome to the New Amsterdam History Center, home of the Virtual New Amsterdam Project.
The New Amsterdam History Center is an innovative organization dedicated to educating the public about the history of New York City during the period of Dutch colonialism, 1609-1664--its diverse people, landscapes, institutions and global legacy today.
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Mission: The mission of the New Amsterdam History Center is to encourage public exploration of the early history of New Amsterdam and New York City, its diverse peoples, landscapes, institutions, and global legacy. To disseminate information and encourage greater knowledge about the formative histories of New York City and New Netherland, the Center will establish and maintain a historical reference and research center and archives, build a dynamic internet presence, assist in creating school curricula, promote and support research and scholarship, issue publications, and organize historical and cultural activities, programs and events to enrich the public’s understanding of the New Amsterdam era. The NAHC will perform a unique service for New Yorkers and other interested visitors through creative public presentations that explore the enduring influence of the Dutch settlement of New York.

Does anyone know descendants of the orphans who were shipped from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam? See this page of The Lefto...
05/09/2019

Does anyone know descendants of the orphans who were shipped from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam? See this page of The Leftovers of New Netherland...

Looking for the descendants of the orphans who were shipped from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam.

In 1655 the ship "In De Waegh" left for New Amsterdam with on board 17 orphans;
Annitge Pieters, 17 years
Catalyntge Jans, 13 years
Debora Jans, 15 years
Dieuwer Volcherts, 16 years
Hendrick Thomasen, 14 years
Jan, 17 years
Jan Hendricksen, 12 years
Jannitge Dircx, 19 years
Lysbet Gerrits, 16 years
Lysbet Jans, 18 years
Marritge Hendrik, 16 years
Mathys Coenratsen, 16 years
Otto Jansen, 13 years
Peter Stoffelsen, 13 years
Tryntge Pieters, 23 years
Tryntge Jans, 22 years
William Roelants, 17 years

“The plan [to send orphans to New Netherland] had a twofold goal: by sending orphans to the colony, the settlement of new Netherland would be advanced and the coffers of the city

‘New Netherland a Dutch colony in seventeenth-century America’ – Jaap Jacobs

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12/20/2018

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11/22/2018

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Tuesday November 27 is Giving Tuesday. As you know, we are depending on your tax-deductible gifts to organize our events...
11/22/2018

Tuesday November 27 is Giving Tuesday. As you know, we are depending on your tax-deductible gifts to organize our events and educate New York City about its fascinating 17th century history!

Please do consider NAHC as you are making your end-of-year donations or extend your membership with us into 2019.

New ways to support us:
The regular ways of giving are mailing in a check or using paypal as described on our website http://newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/support/

But you can also support us through clicking the Donate button on this page. If you give on Giving Tuesday, Facebook will match your contribution!

Lastly, you can give through Amazon Smile and it does not cost you anything. Every time you make a purchase on Amazon, the website will donate a small percentage of your purchase to us. Just use this link next time you want to buy something online: https://smile.amazon.com/65-1259949

Your contribution will enable us to:
• Maximize our story-telling capacities
• Further develop our website as an information-rich and dynamic educational portal
• Organize events and substantive public programs
• Further develop a virtual experience that reveals the multifaceted history of New Amsterdam
• Help us achieve our ultimate goal – creation of a physical center of exploration and learning about New Amsterdam

Every contribution helps, no matter the size. Thanks in advance for your support.

11/13/2018

We have created a Donation Button to allow you to support our activities through FaceBook!

If you would like to try it ... on Giving Tuesday (November 27 from 8 AM EST onwards) FaceBook and PayPal will match your donations. Thanks in advance!

10/26/2018

Are you buying gifts for the Holiday season on Amazon? go to smile.amazon.com instead and pick NAHC as your favorite charity. Amazon will then donate a percentage of your purchase to us! Thanks for supporting us.

Was New Amsterdam’s Reputation for Religious Tolerance Earned?Everything you would like to know about our next event o...
09/21/2018
Upcoming Events – New Amsterdam History Center

Was New Amsterdam’s Reputation for Religious Tolerance Earned?

Everything you would like to know about our next event on November 8 is now available on our website!

http://newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/current/

Upcoming Events The New Amsterdam History Center Lecture Series Presents Was New Amsterdam’s Reputation for Religious Tolerance Earned? An Atlantic Perspective   Presentations and discussion on New Amsterdam and religious toleration, featuring… Noah Gelfand “Opportunities and Insults: Underst...

Save the Date: November 8Was New Amsterdam's Reputation for Religious Tolerance Earned? Presentations and discussion fea...
09/18/2018

Save the Date: November 8

Was New Amsterdam's Reputation for Religious Tolerance Earned? Presentations and discussion featuring Noah Gelfand and Danny Noorlander.

More to follow...

"Conflict and Collaboration," The 41st Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institutehttps://www.newnetherlandinstitu...
08/08/2018
New Netherland Institute :: "Conflict and Collaboration," the 41st Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute

"Conflict and Collaboration," The 41st Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute

https://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/programs/events/new-netherland-seminar/conflict-and-collaboration-the-41st-annual-conference-of-the-new-netherland-institute/

The 41st Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute will convene in Albany at the New York State Museum on the 22nd of September 2018. This year's title is "Conflict and Collaboration in the New World," and the conference will feature seven presentations by scholars of New Netherland and the....

07/23/2018

Looking for an interesting summer read? Consider this recommendation to learn more about 'Pinkster' in the Hudson River Valley.

Jeroen Dewulf, “Rediscovering a Hudson Valley Folkloric Tradition: Traces of the ‘Pinkster’ Feast in Forgotten Books,” The Hudson River Valley Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring 2018, 2-20.

Learn more about Margrietje Cosyns on our website! From Emigrants’ Daughter to Landed Matriarch, 1641-c. 1730. She liv...
06/16/2018
Margrietje Cosyns – New Amsterdam History Center

Learn more about Margrietje Cosyns on our website!

From Emigrants’ Daughter to Landed Matriarch, 1641-c. 1730. She lived in New Amsterdam and grew up on 68 acres in the neighborhood of Washington Square Park today. Throughout her life her resiliency was tested multiple times...

http://newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/2018/05/14/margrietje-cosyns/

Margrietje Cosyns From Emigrants’ Daughter to Landed Matriarch, 1641-c. 1730 Margrietje (Margaret) Cosyns, AKA Grietje Gerrits, was baptized in the New Amsterdam Reformed Dutch Church on May 5, 1641. She was the first child of Cosyn Gerritsen van Putten and his wife Vroutje, who had arrived in New...

Our visit to the Vander Ende-Onderdonk house on May 10 was very interesting and entertaining. See for yourself!
05/15/2018

Our visit to the Vander Ende-Onderdonk house on May 10 was very interesting and entertaining. See for yourself!

02/07/2018
New Amsterdam in The Dutch Atlantic

Did you miss our last event or would you like to see it again?

"NEW AMSTERDAM IN THE DUTCH ATLANTIC: A Dialogue About Trade and Entrepreneurship on the 17th Century World Stage" by historians Wim Klooster and Dennis J. Maika is now available online!

https://youtu.be/SKjpjjh6d8M

A Dialogue About Trade and Entrepreneurship on the 17th Century" Recorded at the titular event on Monday, November 6th, 2017.

The Museum of the City of New York is receiving Russell Shorto on October 11th to talk on the parallels between the earl...
10/04/2017
Our 400-Year Battle with Water

The Museum of the City of New York is receiving Russell Shorto on October 11th to talk on the parallels between the early Dutch settlers' and our present day battle with water.

http://mcny.org/event/our-400-year-battle-water

Historian and best-selling author Russell Shorto considers the parallels between early Dutch settlers’ efforts to tame the tides and our present-day response to climate change.

Are You Interested in a A Dialogue About Trade and Entrepreneurship on the 17th Century World Stage? Please save Novembe...
08/29/2017
New Amsterdam History Center

Are You Interested in a A Dialogue About Trade and Entrepreneurship on the 17th Century World Stage?

Please save November 6 for our next event.

More info: http://newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/upcoming/index.html

Pay for Tickets:
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Home / Upcoming Events / Upcoming EventsPast Events Facebook Twitter PLEASE SAVE THE DATEMonday November 6, 2017 6:30 to 8:00 PMNEW AMSTERDAM IN THE DUTCH ATLANTIC A Dialogue About Trade and Entrepreneurship on the 17th Century World Stage HistoriansWim Klooster andDennis J. Maika will exchange idea...

Save the date: May 9, 4 PM for a Curator Led Tour of The Dutch Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
03/17/2017

Save the date: May 9, 4 PM for a Curator Led Tour of The Dutch Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday's visit of NAHC to the Bowne house was a great success!
03/15/2017

Friday's visit of NAHC to the Bowne house was a great success!

This Saturday the Netherland-America Foundation organizes an event at the Museum of New York. It might be of your intere...
02/19/2017
NAF NY: Family Day at the Museum of the City of New York - The NAF

This Saturday the Netherland-America Foundation organizes an event at the Museum of New York. It might be of your interest as there is an exhibition on New Amsterdam in the 17th century.

http://thenaf.org/events/naf-ny-family-day-at-the-museum-of-the-city-of-new-york/

Loading Map.... Museum of the City of New York1220 5th Avenue - New YorkEvents 40.7925514 -73.95200740000001 Date/Time Date(s) - 02/25/201711:00 am - 2:00 pm Location Museum of the City of New York Categories New York The Netherland-America Foundation cordially invites you … Continue reading →

The Roosevelt Rescue In this entertaining thriller, author Zachary Finch mixes suspense with a lot of information about ...
02/10/2017

The Roosevelt Rescue

In this entertaining thriller, author Zachary Finch mixes suspense with a lot of information about the role of the Dutch in the growth and development of our country. Join attorney, Daniel Van Wert in his adventures from New York City to the Hudson Valley to Europe as he endeavors to preserve Dutch-American history.

Possibly a good read while trapped inside because of the snow?

If you are considering making end-of year-donations, please consider NAHC. You can become a member and join us on exclus...
12/23/2016
New Amsterdam History Center

If you are considering making end-of year-donations, please consider NAHC. You can become a member and join us on exclusive member-only excursions. Contributions are fully tax deductible. Thank you in advance!

http://www.newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/support/index.html

Home / Support / Support NAHC Facebook Twitter Become a Member – Contribute Today Only by partnering with history enthusiasts like you can we preserve, share and enrich public understanding of this singular American story. A view of Dutch Manhattan from Governor's Island, circa 1660 - Len Tantillo N...

You're cordially invited to a free symposium on December 5, 2016:New Horizons: Mapping Slavery Project in New York -Conn...
11/22/2016
New Horizons: Mapping Slavery Project in New York

You're cordially invited to a free symposium on December 5, 2016:

New Horizons: Mapping Slavery Project in New York -
Connecting Dutch, African and Native American Heritage

Both the recent outcome of the 2016 U.S. elections and the similar trend of nationalism and populism in the Netherlands make a conversation about the history and legacy of slavery more urgent than ever. More insight is needed about how the interwined structures of colonialism and race were formed, and how this 'cultural archive' continues to influence our lives today. The connected histories between Amsterdam and New Amsterdam, and between the Netherlands and New Netherlands contain many fascinating details that can help this understanding.

This event is the next in our series of meetings and presentations on the Mapping Slavery Project. Guests will receive an new preview of our upcoming 2017 book. We will also share news about and the recent launch of the new tour throughout New York State. Both initiatives explore the connections between Dutch, African and Native American heritage.

Program:

5:30 pm – Doors Open / Refreshments
6.00 pm - 8:30 pm Moderator: Nancy Jouwe

FREE event, but registration is required

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-horizons-mapping-slavery-project-in-new-york-tickets-29301226758?aff=eac2

You're cordially invited to a public event on December 5, 2016: New Horizons: Mapping Slavery Project in New York - Connecting Dutch, African and Native American Heritage Both the recent outcome of the 2016 U.S. elections and the similar trend of nationalism and populism in the Netherlands make a co...

11/13/2016
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The latest Tweets from NewAmsterdamHistory (@NAHC_nyc). New Amsterdam History Center, home of the Virtual New Amsterdam Project. Exploring the early & diverse history of New Amsterdam and NYC, & its global legacy. New Amsterdam/New York City

10/14/2016
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We have all heard about Noah's Ark. But read here about the Dutch equivalent in 1625.

The directors of the West India Company had decided to send out an “animal fleet”: a convoy of three vessels, two of which were especially equipped to transport farm animals that could be used for working the land, and especially for their all-important milk. Also on board were farm tools, seeds, and other things necessary for developing agriculture in New Netherland, probably including cuttings for growing fruit trees.

http://newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/education/NewsFromNewNetherland_TheAnimalFlleet_FrancisJSypher_2016-09.pdf

THE DUTCH AND NATIVE AMERICANS IN NEW NETHERLAND
09/26/2016
THE DUTCH AND NATIVE AMERICANS IN NEW NETHERLAND

THE DUTCH AND NATIVE AMERICANS IN NEW NETHERLAND

Panel Presentation THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016 6:30 TO 8:00 PM   The Dutch and Native Americans in New Netherland   Daniel K. Richter University of Pennsylvania & Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies Moderator and Presenter "The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Last Days of New Ne...

09/09/2016

Save the date!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016
6:30 to 8:00 PM

The Dutch and Native Americans in New Netherland

*Registration details to follow*

Admissions
$10
$15 at the door
FREE for members

Go to the NAHC website to become a member and attend this event for free!

New Amsterdam History Center
05/19/2016

New Amsterdam History Center

05/18/2016

Dutch Day at NY Botanical Garden 2016.

With many thanks to Humanities Institute Research Coordinator Vanessa Sellers for a fascinating and informative private tour of the rare book library and gardens.

Dutch Day at NY Botanical Garden was a great success. More impressions to follow!
05/16/2016

Dutch Day at NY Botanical Garden was a great success. More impressions to follow!

Reminder for:DUTCH DAY at the New York Botanical GardenTour of the garden and exhibition of rare Dutch flower booksMAY 5...
04/16/2016

Reminder for:

DUTCH DAY at the New York Botanical Garden
Tour of the garden and exhibition of rare Dutch flower books

MAY 5, 2016, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Event registration is by invitation only

03/17/2016
www.newamsterdamhistorycenter.org

NEWS FROM NEW NETHERLAND
The First Families

An “Interview” with One of the First Colonists, Catalina Trico

In 1626 Pieter Schaghen writes “our people there are doing well and living in peace. Also, their wives have had children there.” Joris Jansen Rapalje and his wife Catalina Trico arrived in New Netherland on the Eendracht in 1624. By the summer of 1626, as reported in the Schaghen letter, the colonists had been so successful in farming that they were raising crops of “summer-grains, namely wheat, rye, barley, oats, buckwheat, canary-seed, beans, and flax,” and they had evidently also had children. Catalina’s daughter Sarah Rapalje is said to have been the first child born to Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam.
By good fortune we have two “interviews”—depositions—made by Catalina Trico. In the first of these, dated in New York on February 14, 1685, she states before Governor Thomas Dongan that she is about 80 years old, and that she came to New York around 1623 or 1624. She says that during the passage “four women were married at sea,” and after arrival and staying for about three weeks in Manhattan, those couples went to settle at the Delaware River.
Her second deposition was made at her house on Long Island on October 17, 1688, when she was about 83 years old. She describes how her group went to Albany (Fort Orange), and built a small fort and huts of bark to live in. The skipper of the ship, Adriaen Joriszen (Thienpont), established excellent trade relations with the local Indians, and she says that during the time she lived there, the “Indians were all as quiet as lambs and came and traded with all the freedom imaginable.” She adds that she then moved to New York, where she lived for many years before relocating to Long Island.
In the quoted words I hear the characteristic expressions of a person of a lively, imaginative turn of mind—in them the voice of Catalina Trico seems to echo down through the centuries like the sound of a phonograph record from long ago, to tell us what it was like for her living on the frontier and trading with the Indians in the earliest days of settlement in New Netherland.

Read more:
http://www.newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/education/NewsFromNewNetherland_TheFirstFamilies_FrancisJSypher_2015.pdf

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What has NAHC accomplished to date? With funding received from New York State, we created: -An extensive database of information on New Amsterdam. -A website that introduces New Amsterdam history to the public and that includes a 3-D representation of the colony as it existed in 1660 built using Google Earth technology. -Curricula intended for 4th, 7th, and 11th grade students. Why should I give? The innovative approach of the NAHC synthesizes rich historical content with cutting-edge digital technology. The potential of the VNAP to reach large numbers of students, teachers, and members of the wider public is extensive and exciting. In addition, we believe that the curricula we could continue to develop will go far to educate young Americans about a crucial part of their own history. Generous donations from our supporters will help build the NAHC into a dynamic presence, using both the global reach of the Internet and local connections in New York. Become a supporter! http://newamsterdamhistorycenter.org/support/index.html

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