Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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 400 Years Later: The charter that launched the colony of New Netherland

Thursday, June 3
12:30 p.m.

Join New Netherland Research Center Director Charles Gehring, author and researcher Jaap Jacobs, professor of History and International Relations Wim Klooster, and State Archivist Tom Ruller as they recognize the granting of a charter by the States General of the Netherlands to the Dutch West India Company on June 3, 1621 to operate what eventually became the colony of New Netherland.

About The speakers

Jaap Jacobs (PhD Leiden, 1999) is an internationally recognized authority on New Netherland and Dutch New York. He has taught at universities in the Netherlands, the United States, and is currently affiliated with the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His current book project is a biography of Petrus Stuyvesant, Director General of New Netherland. 

Wim Klooster is Professor and Robert H. and Virginia N. Scotland Endowed Chair in History and International Relations at Clark University, where he has taught since 2003. His latest books are Spanish American Independence Movements: A History in Documents (2021) and Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (2018, co-authored with Gert Oostindie). He is currently editing the three-volume Cambridge History of the Age of Atlantic Revolutions.



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-Universitšt 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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