New York’s Dutch Beginnings:
A New Appreciation of New Netherland and New Amsterdam

Moderated by Dennis Maika

and Russell Shorto

Presented in Partnership with New Netherland Institute 

The Dutch colony of New Netherland had a profound influence on what became New York, yet its significance has been obscured by centuries of myth, misinterpretation, and marginalization. Recently,

historical research on New Netherland has exploded, thanks in large part to the translation of thousands of New Netherland documents by Dr. Charles Gehring and Dr. Janny Venema of the New Netherland Research Center at the New York State Library. This renaissance in scholarship has yielded new insights and discoveries, making this one of the fastest growing fields in American studies. The purpose of this seminar is to share the new view of New York’s beginnings with a wider audience, and to explore its influence on later American history.

The seminar will be moderated by Russell Shorto, author of the best-selling Island at the Center of the World and Senior Scholar at the New Netherland Institute, and Dr. Dennis Maika, Senior Historian and Education Director at the New Netherland Institute.  The moderators will be joined in each session by other New Netherland historians who will discuss their respective areas of specialization in a lively, engaging format.     



Seminar Dates & Times

Thursdays   |   10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m EST


March 18
April 1, 15, 29
May 13, 27


Session 1 New York’s Dutch Beginnings: An Overview
Session 2 The Dutch and the Native Americans
Session 3 Petrus Stuyvesant and the World of New Netherland
Session 4 Amsterdam and New Amsterdam
Session 5 Slavery in Dutch New York
Session 6 The Legacy of New Netherland


Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)