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knowledge about the formative histories of New York City and New Netherland, the Center will establish and maintain a historical reference and research center and archives, build a dynamic internet presence, assist in creating school curricula, promote and support research and scholarship, issue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.

03/14/2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our event on May 5 "Fighting the Flood" has been postponed.

We are currently trying to find a new date after summer in collaboration with our speakers and the Scandinavia House. Please check in regularly for updates. If you already made a payment, please reach out to [email protected] for a refund.

01/26/2020

Please note that we are offering a discounted rate for students and educators of only $15 for our next event on February 5:
“A Dangerous Liberty”
Mohawk-Dutch Relations and the Colonial Gunpowder Trade, 1639-1665

12/03/2019

Please consider making a donation to the NAHC to keep our programs going. We organize lectures and excursions, but we also have an online database with historical documents, and a lesson plan for 4th, 7th, and 11th grade.

December 3 is Giving Tuesday, the end of the year is nearby, or more importantly you care to support education on the 17th Century history of New York. Any gift is appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Have a look at this fascinating map from the Digital Public Library of America showing the original land grantees in New...
11/10/2019
A map showing the original land grantees in New Amsterdam, 1897.

Have a look at this fascinating map from the Digital Public Library of America showing the original land grantees in New Amsterdam.

The land in the city of New Amsterdam was distributed by the West India Company. On this map, each shaded space notes names of the original landowners as well as properties that belonged to the company, such as the bakery, brewery, and garden.

https://dp.la/primary-source-sets/dutch-new-netherland/sources/1349

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

11/09/2019

~Change of Date~

Please note that our lecture by Shaun Sayres titled "A Dangerous Liberty -- Mohawk-Dutch Relations and the Colonial Gunpowder Trade, 1639-1665" has been postponed until Februari 5th 2020.

We hope to see you then!

10/07/2019

The Lawyer and The Fox by Jaap Jacobs was a grand success. Stay tuned for the video recording, in case you missed it or want to experience it again!

In the meantime, mark your calendars for our next event on "Mohawk-Dutch Relations and the Colonial Gunpowder Trade, 1639-1665" on December 4th.

This is the final reminder for The Lawyer & The Fox on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 PM at The Warwick Hotel i...
10/02/2019

This is the final reminder for The Lawyer & The Fox on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 PM at The Warwick Hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Please save the date for our next lecture on December 4: "A Dangerous LIberty" on Mohawk-Dutch relations and the Colonial Gunpowder Trade 1639-1665. More info to follow!

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 on ...
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 lived...
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:
https://www.paypal.me/nahc

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/

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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

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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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I discovered two old family bibles in a truck from the late 1800s. One in Dutch, one in English. I cannot read the name enscribed in the cover (guessing keukenhof maybe?). I was wondering if you guys could help.
Looking for orphans! Click on the post the read the names! If you are an descendant, please leave a message at my " Leftovers of New Netherland' page. https://www.facebook.com/2060666387564460/photos/a.2060688110895621/2076196646011434/?type=3&theater
Hi! I’m a photographer, writer, and curator. In my work, I connect, through photography, what is, with what h as been. For my latest project 'The Leftovers of New Netherland' I looking for descendants, who now (wonderful) stories and can connect their ancestor with historic materials (documents, painting or personel belongings). Please get in touch with me though my facebookpage if can connect your ancestor with historic materials! https://www.facebook.com/The-Leftovers-of-New-Netherland-2060666387564460/ ‘The Leftovers of New Netherland’ Between 1609 and 1664 The Netherlands bought an area that currently comprises (parts of) the states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut. They “bought” the land from the native inhabitants, the American Indians, and named it ‘New Netherlands’. ‘New Netherlands’ was inhabited by a colorful mix of nationalities (Americans, Africans, Europeans), cultures and religions. People who lived their lives and left their marks. For this project, I’m going on a quest to dig up their remnants and the stories attached to them. Not a literal archeological dig, I’ll mostly do (genealogical) research in archives and musea. Through photography, I connect objects and stories to the present. First I aim to take photos of descendants of the inhabitants from the period 1609 -1664. Next, I'll also take photos of century-old traces they left in the landscapes. I'll photograph the nature and wildlife they came for, and the ones they brought to New Netherland. Was the shared history experienced the same by different participants and what did they tell their (grand)children? Did time dissolve or enhance the differences between the different cultures? What can we learn from this multi-cultural society for a time where some people are worried about migration, something humans have done through all the centuries. What can the New Netherlanders teach us about our future?
Opening in Philly tonight a play about Adriaen van der Donck.