Crailo State Historic Site

Crailo State Historic Site Crailo State Historic Site is the Museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Visits are by appointment only between November and May.
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Crailo State Historic Site is the Museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Once the home of Hendrick van Rensselaer, grandson of the first patroon, Crailo is now home to the new permanent exhibit, "A Sweet and Alien Land: Colony of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley." Crailo is open for regular tours mid-May through the end of October, Wednesdays - Sundays, tours are offered on the hour, the first tour is at 11:00am, the last tour is at 4:00pm. November - mid-May tours are offered by appointment only. Crailo offers special events, workshops, school programs, group tours and other activities throughout the year. For more information please contact Crailo State Historic Site at (518)463-8738.

11/26/2019
Discover Albany

Crailo is preparing for St Nicholas day!

#DiscoverAlbany Education & Heritage Coordinator Maeve McEneny Johnson visited Crailo State Historic Site this morning to chat with Interpretive Programs Assistant Sam Huntington about the upcoming St. Nicholas Day celebrations on Saturday, December 7.

The festive fun include crafts, cooking demonstrations by the fire and visits with Sinterklaas. Don't forget to stop by Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop for stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
11/15/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL Did you know that Saturday, November 16th, is Dutch-American Heritage Day?

The United States Congress designated November 16th as Dutch-American Heritage Day in 1991 to commemorate the start of the friendship between the Netherlands and the United States.

On November 16th, 1776, the American warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbor of St. Eustatius in the Dutch West Indies. The governor of the island, Johannes de Graaf, greeted the ship with an 11-gun salute from the cannons of Fort Orange, thereby acknowledging the sovereignty of the US. This was the first salute ever given by a foreign power to the US, who had just become independent from Great Britain.

Want to know more about Dutch-American Heritage Day? http://bit.ly/2AJ37D7

Happy Halloween!   Stop by for treats (no tricks) on our last day of our regular season.  The museum will be open for se...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! Stop by for treats (no tricks) on our last day of our regular season. The museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!

Discover Albany
10/17/2019
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Calling all Canadians! Have you considered discovering Albany? According to canada.com, "The underrated city of 100,000, whose architecture ranges from quaint brick rowhouses to magnificent mansions, burgeons with history and culture." #DiscoverAlbany

Featuring our friends at New York State Museum, Visit the New York State Capitol and Empire State Plaza, Albany Institute of History & Art, Crailo State Historic Site, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and Times Union Center.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
10/03/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL Today is October 3rd, a day of celebration in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands, which commemorates the lifting of the siege of Leiden by the Spaniards in 1574. In last weeks #TBTNL post (http://bit.ly/2n2nGJO), we told you about the English pilgrims who brought traditions such as Thanksgiving to the United States after spending some time in Leiden during the 17th century.

But, did you know there is evidence to suggest that Thanksgiving is actually based on the October 3rd celebrations in Leiden? During their time in the Netherlands, the pilgrims most likely celebrated the lifting of the siege of Leiden, which was then known as a day of Thanksgiving during which people would eat and party together. It is very likely that the pilgrims used their experiences during the October 3rd celebrations in Leiden to create their own version of Thanksgiving in the United States.

Learn more about the pilgrims and their time in Leiden via Leiden American Pilgrim Museum: http://bit.ly/2oA5ebW

Photo credit: 3 October Vereeniging

Coming up on Sunday!
09/27/2019

Coming up on Sunday!

Discover Albany
09/13/2019
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Festival fever has struck Albany County this weekend! There is the 2nd Annual Albany Book Festival, 27th Annual Capital Region Apple & Wine Festval, PearlPalooza 2019 and more. Keep reading for a full list of free and frugal events for September 13 - 15. #DiscoverAlbany

Historic Albany Foundation
09/10/2019
Historic Albany Foundation

Historic Albany Foundation

Congratulations to HAF Board Member @Matt Malette on this piece of history sleuthing! Ceremony today at 4pm!

Harvest Faire is just a little more than a week away!  Join us on September 14th from 11 AM to 4 PM.  Featuring open hea...
09/05/2019

Harvest Faire is just a little more than a week away! Join us on September 14th from 11 AM to 4 PM. Featuring open hearth cooking, wampum making, Native American and Colonial Dutch reenactors, and more! Free Stewart's Ice Cream while supplies last.

Papier-mâché ceiling at Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler’s home.
08/13/2019
21st century technology Recreates 18th century Luxury

Papier-mâché ceiling at Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler’s home.

When Alexander Hamilton was married at Schuyler family mansion in Albany, the residence was a pinnacle of style in Colonial America. Home to one of the region’s richest families, the Georgian…

Historic Albany Foundation
07/11/2019

Historic Albany Foundation

This Friday is the beginning of Dutch Heritage Week in the Village of Kinderhook!

From July 12 through July 19 there's a whole array of Dutch-themed actives & programs to sink your teeth into...

Coming up on July 14th, longtime Friend of Fort Crailo and tinsmith extraordinaire Art Thorman will be presenting at the...
07/09/2019

Coming up on July 14th, longtime Friend of Fort Crailo and tinsmith extraordinaire Art Thorman will be presenting at the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie.

The Bronck Museum is pleased to announce “The Toiling Tinsmith” the first of its Sundays Along the River programs for the 2019 museum season. The program will begin at 2pm this Sunday, July 14th.

Look around your house, plastic containers are everywhere. How did we manage before there was plastic? Before there was plastic there was tin, or to be more precise tinned iron plate. Skilled craftsmen called tinsmiths produced an enormous variety of containers, cooking utensils and other needful household objects. Tinsmiths roamed country roads with clattering wagons full of their goods for sale to farm families and the proprietors of country stores. Tinsmiths were always welcomed and often invited to share a meal with the family, or even stay a day or two to repair the family’s worn tin ware.

A few tinsmiths are still working today and Art Thorman is one of the best. Art taught Middle School Social Studies in the Greenville Schools for 35 years and has been a working tinsmith for two decades. Over that time he has acquired the tools of the trade. Art will be doing a live demonstration of tinsmithing, sharing his extensive knowledge of his craft, and displaying several examples of the goods a tinsmith made. In a world where we seldom know or understand how the objects we use every day are made this is a great opportunity to actually see something being made.

The program begins at 2:00PM on Sunday July 14th. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385 and 81 near Coxsackie, and is easily accessible from NYS Thruway exit 21B. Adult admission for this program is $8, members and children $4. This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program administered by the GCCA. For additional information about this program or any of the upcoming special event programming at Bronck Museum visit gchistory.org, find us on Facebook at Greene County Historical Society or by phone 518-731-6490.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
07/05/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL Happy 4th of July! Did you know that the Netherlands saluted the American flag in 1776 and was one of the first countries to officially recognize the U.S. independence? In November 1776, the American warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbour of the island St. Eustatius. In accordance with the international rules of etiquette, captain Robinson lowered the new American flag and greeted the Dutch fort by firing a 13-gun salute. Fort Oranje replied by order of the governor, Johannes de Graaff, with an 11-gun salute. With this 'first salute', he had recognized the rebellious American states in the name of the Dutch Republic.

A wonderful piece by Russel Shorto appeared in Sunday's New York Times highlighting the Hudson Valley's Dutch roots.
06/18/2019
In the Hudson Valley, a Drive Back in Time

A wonderful piece by Russel Shorto appeared in Sunday's New York Times highlighting the Hudson Valley's Dutch roots.

One of the most beautiful parts of New York State was once the spine of the Dutch colony, and remnants of its history are everywhere, hiding in plain sight.

Albany Institute of History & Art
06/08/2019

Albany Institute of History & Art

The Dutch infatuation with Chinese porcelain in the seventeenth century began when the Dutch, at war with the Portuguese, captured the San Fago in 1602. The ship was laden with Chinese porcelain that was auctioned off at Middelburg, Zeeland. The popularity and large profits from Chinese porcelain prompted Dutch manufacturers to create their own tin-glazed earthenware in the Chinese style. Early styles were often influenced by Chinese designs until the 1700s when European baroque designs became more popular.
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[Dish (schotel), the Netherlands, third quarter, eighteenth century, Dutch faience, polychrome; diameter 13 3/4, gift of the estate of Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing, 1919.3.10]
#albanyny #fromthecollection #Dutch #seventeenthcentury #eighteenthcentury #earthenware

Washington Park Conservancy
05/24/2019

Washington Park Conservancy

❗️EVENT REMINDER❗️

Joining us for this weekend's 2019 Tulip Dig & Sale- New Dates!? Don't forget, TULIPS SELL OUT FAST! Even though this event has an end time of 11 AM, we expect tulips to SELL OUT in as little as ONE HOUR. 🌷

#FirstComeFirstServed #LimitedSupply #WeWarnedYou

A wonderful evening for the Friends of Fort Crailo reception on May 16!
05/17/2019

A wonderful evening for the Friends of Fort Crailo reception on May 16!

This beautiful portrait is on display in Chicago as part of a celebration of 350 years of Rembrandt.  Notice the "Dutch ...
05/05/2019

This beautiful portrait is on display in Chicago as part of a celebration of 350 years of Rembrandt. Notice the "Dutch Door" in the painting, too. For more on Dutch doors and other Dutch influences on American life: https://www.americanheritage.com/dutch-door-america.

#Rembrandt350 - This young woman painted by Rembrandt in 1645 is clearly directing her gaze somewhere, but to whom or to what? See this and other portraits by Rembrandt in The Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition "Rembrandt Portraits", in celebration of 350 years Rembrandt in 2019. The exhibition is on view until June 9. For more info, see our blog: http://bit.ly/2XhRDTo

Rembrandt van Rijn and Workshop, “Young Woman at an Open Half-Door” (1645), © Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

Historic Cherry Hill
05/02/2019

Historic Cherry Hill

Meet Bill Kennedy, Jack McEneny, and Tony Opalka at the Albany History Fair on Sunday, May 5th! At 2:30, Albany historians Jack McEneny and Tony Opalka will recreate the world of Pulitzer Prize-winner William Kennedy's "Albany Cycle" novels in an illustrated presentation.

Historic Cherry Hill is pleased to recognize William Kennedy as Honorary Chair of the History Fair for his significant contributions to the Capital City's literary identity.

Thanks so much to Van Wyckes Chocolate Haus for a wonderful 18th Century Chocolate program here at Crailo!
04/15/2019

Thanks so much to Van Wyckes Chocolate Haus for a wonderful 18th Century Chocolate program here at Crailo!

The Van Wyckes Chocolate Haus Team cleaning up after a great event at Crailo State Historic Site.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York is asking for help finding information on Dutch Architects P...
02/11/2019

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York is asking for help finding information on Dutch Architects Pieter Post and Philips Vingboons. Thanks!

I am uncovering some new information relating to civic architecture in New York City at the turn of the eighteenth century. My query is has anyone found evidence of Dutch architects Pieter Post's or Philips Vingboons' architectural pattern books appearing in New York book inventories?

Check out these new educational resources from the New York State Museum:
02/08/2019

Check out these new educational resources from the New York State Museum:

#TBTNL The New York State Museum has launched an online resource for educators about New York’s Dutch history. The Fort Orange Educational Guide provides five lessons that introduce students to Fort Orange (present-day Albany, NY) and the world of New Netherland, the first Dutch colony in North America.

The educational guide’s lesson topics include: Native American daily life before Dutch arrival, trade and global commerce, archaeology, and economic and political tensions. In these lessons, students use digital images of archaeological collections, archival material from the New York State Archives, and artwork to learn about Fort Orange and New Netherland in the 17th century and develop skills for analyzing and interpreting primary sources. The educational guide is free and accessible online to everybody.

Find the online resource here: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/fort-orange-educational-guide

02/05/2019
Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces

In Baroque Britain, chocolate was a luxury, consumed for centuries only by the wealthy, in the form of a drink rather than a bar. This half term in the Hampton Court Palace kitchens, we’ll be cooking up chocolate from the early 18th century. Here’s a Georgian recipe to get you started (it’s a little sweeter than its predecessors 😉) Visit the kitchens 16-24 Feb: bit.ly/baroquechocHCP

Mabee Farm Historic Site
01/25/2019

Mabee Farm Historic Site

Join us on Saturday for A Dishonorable Trade: Exhibition Opening reception featuring a presentation by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.

A traveling exhibit curated by the NYS Department of Parks and Recreation, "A Dishonorable Trade" examines the role that slavery played in the creation and maintenance of the Dutch trading empire, and delves into the lives and stories of the people affected by the trade. Free, or $5 for SCHS members; refreshments served!

Dutch Culture USA
01/15/2019

Dutch Culture USA

"Through roughly 65 works organized thematically, the exhibition will orient visitors to key issues in 17th-century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters’ fascination with the domestic lives of women."

#Reminder - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York still features the exhibition "In Praise of Painting" featuring all of the major works by Dutch Old Masters. More info: http://bit.ly/2V3OxRD

Peter Wtewael (Dutch, Utrecht 1596–1660 Utrecht). Kitchen Scene, 1620s. Oil on canvas. 44 3/4 x 63 in.(113.7 x 160 cm). Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.288) © Metropolitan Museum of Art

Quick Tip – Crossed Out Does Not Mean Incorrect
01/02/2019
Quick Tip – Crossed Out Does Not Mean Incorrect

Quick Tip – Crossed Out Does Not Mean Incorrect

Just because a record or part of a record is crossed out, does not mean it is incorrect. Often, records were struck through when they were no longer valid or needed.

Check out the most recent episode of the New Netherland Institute's Praatjes - a series of chats with historians, archae...
12/27/2018

Check out the most recent episode of the New Netherland Institute's Praatjes - a series of chats with historians, archaeologists, and other experts on New Netherland and the world of the 17th-century Dutch. This episode features Dr. Joyce Goodfriend and the New Netherland Institute's Director Steve McErleane. https://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/programs/new-netherland-praatjes/

Crailo's Marketplace Gift Shop is open for holiday shopping! Stop by between 11 AM - 5 PM today or tomorrow.  We are als...
12/18/2018

Crailo's Marketplace Gift Shop is open for holiday shopping! Stop by between 11 AM - 5 PM today or tomorrow. We are also open Friday and Saturday! (Closed Thursday.) How about some rich and spicy American Heritage Hot Chocolate and a Delft-style Crailo mug to drink it out of - a perfect combination!

The Marketplace Gift  Shop will be open next week for holiday shopping!  Visit the shop Tuesday & Wednesday and Friday &...
12/16/2018

The Marketplace Gift Shop will be open next week for holiday shopping! Visit the shop Tuesday & Wednesday and Friday & Saturday. Closed Thursday Our 17th century-style Dutch glassware is perfect for a the reenactors and history lovers in your life... and for a holiday toast! Cheers!

Crailo's Marketplace Gift Shop will be open next week for holiday shopping!  Stop by between 11 AM - 5 PM on Tuesday & W...
12/13/2018

Crailo's Marketplace Gift Shop will be open next week for holiday shopping! Stop by between 11 AM - 5 PM on Tuesday & Wednesday and Friday & Saturday. Closed Thursday. Whether it's a book about local history, Dutch colonial era wineglasses, or something from the Delft shelf, we have gifts for everyone on your list! Look for more photos of the Marketplace Gift Shop all next week!

Check out these 9 different Dutch Heritage World Tours.  Crailo State Historic Site is featured on "How Dutch Is New Yor...
12/13/2018

Check out these 9 different Dutch Heritage World Tours. Crailo State Historic Site is featured on "How Dutch Is New York? The Hudson Valley Tour."

Audio tours project focused on shared heritage in New York completed

It’s amazing to see how a simple idea brought up at the proverbial kitchen table, can blossom into a project. A couple of years ago we founded Dutch Heritage World Tours to further knowledge and awareness for Dutch heritage and history beyond the borders of the Netherlands. We decided to do so by creating bilingual audio tours in an app for smart phones and tablets. We started with shared Dutch-American cultural heritage in the city and the state of New York.
And now, two years down the road, we have completed our current project with the release of the 8th and 9th audio tour focused on Dutch-American heritage. We published them in the museum and travel app of izi.TRAVEL:
“How Dutch Is New York? – The Hudson Valley Tour”
“How Dutch Is New York? – The Mohawk Valley Tour”

Anyone with a smart phone or tablet can download these tours for free and drive though the areas in New York State that were part of the former 17th century Dutch colony of New Netherland. Discover the history and heritage in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys and be amazed like we were when we found how much is left of this interesting past the Dutch share with this part of the U.S. For instance the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow and the nearby Philipsburg Manor; the Voorlezer’s House on Staten Island, the oldest school building of America; Huguenot Street in New Paltz, an entire street with Dutch-American history; the Stockades in Kingston and Schenectady, which still outline the original Dutch villages that preceded these towns – just to name a few.

Are you not in the area or unable to take the audio tours? Then follow the direct links to all nine audio tours and view and listen to them at home, in English or in Dutch!

https://izi.travel/nl/0444-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-new-amsterdam-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/3660-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-stuyvesant-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/1b99-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-historic-richmond-town-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/9a36-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-albany-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/e1da-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-schenectady-stockade-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/2c2f-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-new-paltz-huguenot-street-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/72f1-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-kingston-stockade-tour/en
https://izi.travel/nl/8c50-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-mohawk-valley/en
https://izi.travel/nl/ae69-how-dutch-is-new-york-the-hudson-valley-tour/en

We thank the dozens of partnering organizations that are included in our promotional audio tours for their cooperation, enthusiasm, and support for this wonderful project!

Do you need more information or do you have any questions, go to www.dutchheritageworldtours.nl or feel free to contact us any time! [email protected]

This project is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Grants were also received from the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames in New York and the DutchCulture matching fund in the Netherlands. The New Amsterdam History Center in New York is the official partner of Dutch Heritage World Tours.

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