Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST
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 Hidden Stories from Newly Translated
Dutch Colonial Documents

Tuesday, February 16th
12:30 p.m. 

Recording is now available.


Join New Netherland Research Center Director Charles Gehring, former New Netherland Research Center Associate Director Janny Venema, New Netherland Institute Director Steve McErleane and New York State Archivist Tom Ruller  as they discuss insights from the forthcoming Volume 13. Correspondence, 1658–1660. This volume of translations of Dutch colonial manuscripts are available on the the State Archives Digital Collections. Access the entire collection of nearly 13,000 records from New Netherland via www.archives.nysed.gov. 

About The speakers

Stephen McErleane is the director of the New Netherland Institute, which brings the history and legacy of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony to life through its support of public programming and quality scholarship, including the publication of the seventeenth-century Dutch colonial records held by the New York State Library and State Archives. McErleane holds master’s degrees in history and information science from the University at Albany, SUNY, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history.

Janny Venema is the former Associate Director of the New Netherland Research Center (NNRC) at the New York State Library and Project Associate at the New Netherland Project, which is responsible for translating the official records of the Dutch colony and promoting awareness of the Dutch role in American history. She is the author of a number of books, including: “Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1652-1664” and “Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643): Designing a New World” (2011), the first full-length biography of the founding director of the Dutch West India Company. SUNY Press and the Dutch publisher Verloren jointly published them.

Charles Gehring is the Director of the New Netherland Research Center (NNRC). After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at Virginia Military Institute and West Virginia University he continued with post graduate work at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany. There he began his study of the Dutch language and first realized that his future research lay much closer to home. He eventually received a Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics from Indiana University with a concentration in Netherlandic Studies. His dissertation (1973) was a linguistic investigation of the survival of the Dutch language in colonial New York. The NNRC, part of the New York State Office of Cultural Education, is responsible for translating the official records of the Dutch colony and promoting awareness of the Dutch role in American history. He has been a fellow of the Holland Society of New York since 1979.

Thomas J. Ruller has held the position of New York State Archivist since 2015. He has been an active professional and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and reviews on the use of technology in Archives and the preservation of records in electronic form.   He has been a consultant for several State governments and other organizations focusing on electronic records management and preservation.

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