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Holland Society Annual Banquet - November 17, 2015
Mark your calendars now for our Annual Banquet at the Union Club in New York, honoring Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf.
Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf is the Director of the world-renowned Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, one of the most prestigious positions in science, whose predecessors include Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer. He was knighted by Queen Beatrix in 2012 for his deep space discoveries and the application of science to society.
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Message from the President - October 2015
The summer started with a royal visit when King Willem and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands travelled to Chicago, IL. As President, I was delighted to attend the Royal reception and learn more about the partnership between the Netherlands and the United States.
I hope you are all excited for the multitude of fall activities organized this year. First and foremost, a group of 20 Holland Society Members and their spouses are visiting the Netherlands at end of September. The group will be guests of honor of the Third of October Association and are looking forward to attending numerous events in Holland. You will be able to follow our experiences online and I am looking forward to discussing the historic relationship with the Third of October Association at various branch events this year.
Numerous Branch meetings are coming up now that the summer days are behind us, with the Niagara Branch meeting starting the year off this Wednesday with a presentation about the Dutch Golden Age by Professor Nancy Knechtel. On Saturday, October 10, the Potomac branch meeting features a presentation of Dutch historian and novelist Dr. Firth Fabend. On Friday, November 6, the Dutchess and Ulster Counties Branches are organizing a Dinner Meeting at the Historical Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY with a book presentation from Albert & Julia Rosenblatt about the legacy of Dutch law and jurisprudence in New York. Your President will be present at the latter two, to review the Holland trip and why the 3rd of October, 1574, was a date of great significance for our progenitors that allowed them to come to Niew Amsterdam in the next century…thus why we are who we are today!
Everyone should put Tuesday, November 17, on your calendars now for our Annual Fall Banquet! This year we have a most interesting guest of honor, the famous Dutch scientist Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf, who has been knighted by Queen Beatrix. Please read his interview in this President’s Letter and join us for this fabulous evening. Dr. Dijkgraaf is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, a distinguished mathematical physicist and an excellent speaker. He has often been featured on Dutch television on popular talk shows, and gives live lectures connecting science and the universe to society and our lives.
Robert R. Schenck M.D.
President of the Holland Society of New York
David W. Voorhees,
editor of de Halve Maen, has been honored with a Knighthood
by HRH Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Click
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of Dr. Voorhees receiving
New York - Dutch history using a unique opportunity in collaboration
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more about this
interactive map project . . .
Photo of de Halve Maen by Ted Speigel
Read the President's Summer 2015 Newsletter to members and friends of the Society.
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of Officers and Trustees
of the Society
New Society Project
HSNY announces Genetic Genealogy (DNA) Project. Purpose is to help people discover their ancestral roots as it pertains to the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam.