From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam

Russell Shorto
Mon, October 28th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out 



Almost 350 years after the short-lived Dutch rule came to an end on Manhattan, traces of “New Amsterdam” can still be found in everything from street names to the design of the official flag of New York City. Using the history of Amsterdam as a backdrop, critically acclaimed author Russell Shorto explains why we also have the Dutch to thank for some of New York’s most celebrated and enduring characteristics, including its cultural and religious diversity.

Peter Stuyvesant

Teaser Image: 

Asher B. Durand (1796–1886), Peter Stuyvesant and the Trumpeter, 1835. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts, 1858.28


Pacific War Turning Point: Midway or Guadalcanal?

Richard B. Frank
Craig L. Symonds
Sat, June 8th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast

Program includes two brief lectures followed by a discussion.

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York, highlights the histories of 100 notable examples of silver from the New-York Historical Society's collection. Made across the span of four centuries, the objects in the exhibition tell a diversity of stories: many speak to individual accomplishment and family pride, while a few have unsettling ties or backgrounds. The silver, ranging from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, culled from a trove of over 3,000 objects, includes powerful eyewitness artifacts linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

Black, Starr & Frost (active 1874-1929), Aeronautical trophy, 1907. Silver, wood. New-York Historical Society, Bequest of Alan R. Hawley, 1938.250a-c

Stories in Sterling interprets these compelling objects within a cultural context, focusing on the men and women that made, used, and treasured these objects. The exhibition is organized thematically and addresses issues of silver patronage, usage of objects, rituals of presentation and the meanings of silver as they evolved over time.

Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick (Bard Graduate Center)

Sep 18 2009 - Jan 24 2010

Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's sail into the New York bay, The World of Margrieta van Varick explores the life and times of a fascinating woman, her family and possessions. Born in the Netherlands, Margrieta spent the better part of her life at the extremes of the Dutch colonial world: in Malacca (now Malaysia) and Flatbush (now Brooklyn). Arriving in Flatbush with her minister husband Rudolphus in 1686, she set up a textile shop, bringing with her an astonishing array of Asian and European goods. We know about the wealth of objects thanks to an inventory, taken after her death in 1696—and recently rediscovered in the archives of the New-York Historical Society library—documenting her personal belongings and shop goods.

Bedcover or wall hanging (palampore), ca. 1720-1740. Cotton, linen, paint. New- York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1938.1

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