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New Netherland Institute Conference, Albany, 10/7/2023

  • September 28, 2023 10:41 AM
    Message # 13260295

    The New Netherland Institute is pleased to invite you to our 45th Annual Conference, Get a Sense of New Netherland: Approaching the Dutch through Sight, Sound, Taste, and Touch.  To be held all day Saturday, October 7 at the Huxley Theater at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York, the program explores how New Netherland’s residents experienced the world around them. 

    While we know a great deal about the politics and trade of the seventeenth-century colony, we know less about the everyday lives of the people – indigenous, free, and enslaved – who lived there.  What were some of the sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of North America, and how did Europeans or Africans reproduce those of their homelands in New Netherland?

    Conference attendees will get to experience some of New Netherland’s sounds and sights through performances by the Indigenous Spirit Dancers, who will demonstrate traditional Haudenosaunee dancing, and the Camerata Trajectina, who will play seventeenth-century Dutch music.

    Two panels of historical experts will discuss sound from the perspective of religion and the military, as well as flavors related to common foods and tobacco.

    Attendees will also have the chance to touch items from that time (both original and replica), such as beaver pelts and roemer glasses.

    For the full program, visit  And to register, visit

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