Trip to the “Old Country” to Visit Ancestral Home in Holland

By: Thomas P. Bogart In search of my ancestral roots, I traveled to The Netherlands in late June 2019 with my wife, Cheryl, to visit my ancestral home in a tiny village called Schoonrewoerd.  Schoonrewoerd is now part of Vijfheerenlanden, which literally means “land with five Lords.” It is a municipality in the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The municipality was created in January 2019 through the merger of … read more


de Halve Maen, Winter 2018-2019

The latest issue of de Halve Maen is hot off the press! If you are a subscriber or a member who has requested a hard copy, please expect your copy in the mail shortly. For online subscribers, the new issue can be found here. Table of Contents: Editor’s Corner Opportunities and Insults: Understanding the Minimal Jewish Presence in New Netherland by Noah L. Gelfand Revisiting … read more


Happy New Netherland Day!

Gelukkige Nieuw Nederland Dag – Let’s celebrate New Netherland day! (Special thanks to Marilyn Douglas of the New Netherland Institute for this announcement). In 1990, NNI member George Damiano succeeded in getting an annual commemoration of New Netherland. On 25 July 1990, Governor Mario M. Cuomo signed the bill into law designating October 11th of each year as New Netherland Day. This legislation commemorates the … read more


“The Dutch in Us: The Remarkable Influence of the Netherlands on New York and Beyond”

The second lecture in the Dr. D. David Conklin Distinguished Lecture Series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16, at 7pm. Award-winning author and historian Russell Shorto will discuss how the Dutch colony established in Manhattan prior to the arrival of the British gave rise to American ideals. For more information on this lecture, hosted by the Dutchess Community College Foundation and sponsored by TD Bank … read more


Just Published: Spring 2018 Issue of de Halve Maen

Just Published! Vol. 91, No. 1, Spring 2018 IN THIS ISSUE: Editor’s Corner Sugar, Spices, and Furs: Uncovering the Trade Network of Pieter Cornelissen vander Veen by David William Voorhees The Governor, the Militiaman, and the Domine by Rudy VanVeghten Book Review: Julie Van Den Hout, Adriaen Van Der Donck: A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-century America  by Laurie Bogart Wiles Here and There in New Netherland … read more