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.

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.

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.

St Nicholas Day until 4 pm today!
12/01/2018

St Nicholas Day until 4 pm today!

Fox on Food
11/30/2018
Fox on Food

Fox on Food

I'm not saying Christmas cookies in America started in the Albany area, but I'm not NOT saying that either. Read on.

St. Nicholas Day is just a week away!  Don't miss out on Sinterklass and speculaas cookies!
11/24/2018

St. Nicholas Day is just a week away! Don't miss out on Sinterklass and speculaas cookies!

This evening's Friends of Fort Crailo Annual Meeting and Lecture has been cancelled due to the anticipated snow storm.  ...
11/15/2018

This evening's Friends of Fort Crailo Annual Meeting and Lecture has been cancelled due to the anticipated snow storm. The program will be rescheduled at a later date.

Harvest Faire is just a week away!  See Dutch Colonial and Native American Reenactors, Open Hearth Cooking, Colonial Mus...
09/08/2018

Harvest Faire is just a week away! See Dutch Colonial and Native American Reenactors, Open Hearth Cooking, Colonial Music and Games, and More! FREE ICE CREAM while supplies last! Part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. #HudsonRamble

How Dutch is New York?  Find out with these FREE audio tours from Dutch Heritage World Tours!
06/17/2018

How Dutch is New York? Find out with these FREE audio tours from Dutch Heritage World Tours!

A few years ago we got the first idea of getting more attention for Dutch heritage outside the borders of The Netherlands. My partner (in crime and everything else) and I founded Dutch Heritage World Tours. Together we are now creating bilingual audio tours for an app with the focus on Dutch heritage abroad. All our tours are, and will be, at least in English and Dutch. If we go to non-English speaking countries, we’ll add the language of that country, and maybe other languages as well. We started a pilot in the U.S.A. with two walking tours: “How Dutch is New York? – The New Amsterdam Tour”, and “How Dutch is New York? – The Stuyvesant Tour”. All our tours in the state of New York will start with “How Dutch is New York?”
The tours are published in the free app of izi.TRAVEL. Our tours are free as well. We can offer them at no charge, thanks to the grants we have received from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, also in New York, and the matching fund of DutchCulture in the Netherlands.
Right now we are in New York. This week we had the official launch of our first tour in Lower Manhattan. It was organized by one of our official partners: the New Amsterdam History Center, in particular by its Vice President, Esme Berg. Although the audio tours are meant for individual use, we walked The New Amsterdam Tour with a group of about 25 people.
Photo 1: Sophie van Doornmalen of the Consulate General of the Netherlands (left), Andrew Terhune, President of the Holland Society, and Dolph Hogewoning, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York (right) participated in the walk.
Photo 2: walking the street of New York, with names that still remind us of 17th century New Amsterdam.
Photo 3: Dolph Hogewoning, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Netherlands.
Photo 4: Anco Nanninga of Dutch Heritage World Tours (with umbrella) heading the group.
www.dutchheritageworldtours.nl

A dreary spring so far, but Tulip Season is right around the corner!  And of course, history tells us that it could alwa...
04/19/2018

A dreary spring so far, but Tulip Season is right around the corner! And of course, history tells us that it could always be worse. 352 years ago this month, Jeremias van Rensselaer was dealing with a particularly cold and unpleasant April. Writing to his father-in-law, van Rensselaer reported that on 7th of April "the ice in the river began to move, which has caused us so much damage...that fully forty houses and barns have been carried away here, among which our house in which we lived, the barn and the brewery..." Fortunately though, Jeremias van Rensselaer's "farm in the Grene Bos is, thank God, saved beyond all hopes which I had of it. I lost there not more than two cows and one heifer, one-half of my hogs and a large part of my fencing." Crailo State Historic Site is on the location of that former "farm in the Grene Bos."

I am participating in a fundraiser for Friends of Fort Crailo and need your help!
03/05/2018
I am participating in a fundraiser for Friends of Fort Crailo and need your help!

I am participating in a fundraiser for Friends of Fort Crailo and need your help!

Click this link and go to our special home page on the Flower Power Fundraising site where you can purchase top-size flower bulbs and perennials to support my group. Friends of Fort Crailo keeps 50% of everything you spend, Flower Power ships directly to you and gives a 100% money-back guarantee. Cl...

Colonial chocolate workshop at Crailo today. Chocolate tart, chocolate puffs, chocolate almonds and hot chocolate. Lots ...
02/11/2018

Colonial chocolate workshop at Crailo today. Chocolate tart, chocolate puffs, chocolate almonds and hot chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

Discover Albany
01/31/2018
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Get your taste buds ready! We are launching "Tastes and Traditions," a year of programming focused on all things food. Beginning in May, we are so excited to have a new Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour presented by Taste of Troy Food Tours LLC. Our heritage partners including Ten Broeck Mansion, Crailo State Historic Site, Shaker Heritage Society and USS Slater are also joining in on the foodie fun! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2rR9gOk

Crailo will have a table at this event.  Come and learn about all the great historic sites and museums in New York State...
01/12/2018

Crailo will have a table at this event. Come and learn about all the great historic sites and museums in New York State.

Happening this weekend:
New York State’s Great Places and Spaces
Saturday, January 13 (12pm-4pm)
Don’t miss this free opportunity to visit over 20 of the state’s historic sites and cultural institutions all at once right here in the museum! For more information, visit: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/nys-great-places-and-spaces #NYSMprograms #nysmuseum

One of the cookies we will be making Saturday at our Cookie Workshop.  Jumbals are a hard, dry, long-keeping, sweet, spi...
12/13/2017

One of the cookies we will be making Saturday at our Cookie Workshop.

Jumbals are a hard, dry, long-keeping, sweet, spiced cookie. They have been around since at least the middle ages and specifically take their name from their density and shape. Most of the time the dough is twisted into a knot or pretzel shape, to make them easier to eat, and the word jumble derives from the Arabic word for twin. These cookies travelled well thanks to their density and hard nature. They could be stored for up to a year without becoming too stale. The spices used in the cookie could be changed based on availability but mostly they are made with aniseed, coriander and caraway seeds. Rosewater is also used as a flavoring, this was a widely used flavor in baking before vanilla becomes more available in the 19th century.
Here is a recipe from the 17th century for Jumbals: Take 12 Yokes of eggs & 5 whites, pound of searced sugar, half a pound of butter washed in Rose water, 3 quarters of an ounce of Mace finely beaten, a little salt dissolved in Rosewater, half an ounce of caraway-seeds, mingle all these together with as much flour as will work it up in paste, & so make it Knots or Rings or what fashion you please. Bake them as Bisket-bread, but upon pie plates.

Modern version
3 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon rosewater
½ rounded cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon aniseed
1 teaspoon caraway seed
2 cups flour
Beat the butter with the rosewater, then cream with the sugar. Mix in the beaten eggs and spices, then work in the flour to make a stiff dough. Make into long rolls about ¼’’ in diameter, and form into knots, rings, or plaited strips before baking on lightly greased baking sheets at 350° for 15-20 minutes.

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