Dutch New York Histories: Connecting African, Native American and Slavery Heritage

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Dutch rule in New Amsterdam and New Netherland (1609-1664) was short in comparison to other colonial empires, but it has had a lasting cultural impact seen in present-day street names, cities monuments, and more.

A new book, Dutch New York Histories, authored and presented by members of the Mapping Slavery Project, explores the connections between African, Native American, and Dutch heritage. This eye-opening guide also focuses on traces of the Dutch presence still visible in New York City and state from the early 17th century forward, including relevant locations where the histories of Native Americans and Africans converge in and around New York City.

Don’t miss this conversation with authors Jennifer Tosch (Cultural and Public Historian), Dienke Hondius (historian and Associate Professor of History at the Vrije Universitiet, Amsterdam Netherlands), Nancy Jouwe (Cultural Historian, and PhD candidate), and Dineke Stam (Historian, exhibition designer, independent researcher and consultant working on projects in the intercultural museum and heritage sectors) who will explore this little known and important history.

Watch on livestream.

This program will be presented by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

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First come, first seated

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.


Please note that holding seats in the American Negro Theatre is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.


Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Ayofemi Kirby at ayofemikirby@nypl.org.

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

Date and time

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:30 p.m. (New York time!)


Registration via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com