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2015 Conference

The Dutch experience in North America, from the voyage of Henry Hudson to the recent migrations of dairy farmers, stretches across four centuries. Two major scholarly traditions—one focusing on New Netherland and the other on the 19th- and 20th-century immigration, settlement, and culture in the Midwest and beyond—have studied the Dutch experience with limited contact. “The Dutch in America Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons,” jointly sponsored by the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS), brings these two communities together.

Summary: The conference and its companion events will take place over three days, beginning on Thursday the 17th of September and concluding on Saturday the 19th. In addition to the two-day conference’s six sessions and fifteen speakers, there will be a tour of the Upper Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage sites, an opening reception at the Fort Orange Club in Albany, and a dinner following Friday’s conference. Kathy Sheehan, mayor of Albany, will welcome all conference attendees to the opening reception at the Fort Orange Club.

Click on this link for details on conference speakers:

http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/files/9314/3698/1035/2015_NNI_Conference_Brochure-final.pdf

Online registration closes at midnight on September 14th. Registration is available on the day of the conference.

Thursday, September 17
8:30-6:00: Field Trip: Dutch Heritage Sites
5:00: Fort Orange Club tour
6:00-7:30: Opening Reception at the Fort Orange Club (Cash Bar)
Friday, September 18 (Morning)
8:30: Registration and coffee
9:00-9:30: Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:30: Session 1
11:00-12:30: Session 2
12:30-2:00: Box Lunch Provided
Friday, September 18 (Afternoon)
2:00-3:30: Session 3
4:00-5:00: Session 4
6:00: Cocktail Hour at Yono's (Cash Bar)
7:00: Banquet & Awards at Yono’s in the Hampton Inn; Russell Shorto talk entitled “Two ‘Dutchmen’ in the American Revolution.”
Saturday, September 19 (Morning)
8:30: Registration and coffee
9:00-10:30: Session 5
11:00-12:00: Session 6
12:00: Box Lunch Provided
Organizational Meeting for Dutch-American Group (DAG)

Bus from Grand Rapids: For those interested, arrangements have been made for a bus to Albany leaving from Calvin College’s Prince Conference Center 7:00AM on Wednesday, September 16, arriving at the Hampton Inn in Albany around suppertime, leaving for Grand Rapids around 1:00 on Saturday, Sept. 19 and returning to Grand Rapids around midnight. The same coach will be used for the all day field trip to Dutch heritage sites in the Hudson Valley on Thursday, September 17. The cost for the Grand Rapids-Albany round trip is $100.

Tour: Led by guide Heleen Westerhuijs, co-author of Exploring Dutch New York: New York City, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Delaware, we will explore a number of colonial Dutch heritage sites in the northern part of the Hudson Valley. The tour will begin with the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie, then explore and lunch in the Stockade District of Kingston (Wiltwijck), move on to a quick visit to Hurley (Nieuw Dorp) and, finally, get acquainted with Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. We will depart from the Hampton Inn in Albany at 8:30 and return at 6:00. The cost will be $70 per person (includes admissions; lunch not included).

 

Hotel: Conference attendees can receive a discount rate ($129 per night) from Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown. Use Group Code S20 at checkout. 

Lunch at the conference: Attendees will need to choose a lunch for both Friday and Saturday. Lunch is included in the price of admission to the conference.

Dinner on Friday night: Dinner will be at Yono’s in the Hampton Inn in Albany on Friday night at 7:00. The dinner will be a rijsttafel, a traditional Indonesian/Dutch meal that contains various dishes, similar to a buffet. The cost of dinner is $75 per person and includes complementary red or white wine.

 

REGISTRATION CAN COMPLETED ONLINE AT:

http://www.newnetherlandinstitute.org/shop/memberships/2015-conference-and-companion-events/

AADAS NNI Call for Papers

The Dutch in America Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons

Joint Conference sponsored by the New Netherland Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies. The conference will be held in Albany, New York, September 17-19, 2015. The program committee seeks papers under the general conference theme: The Dutch in America Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons People from the Netherlands have migrated to and have had an impact on North America since the 17th century. The Dutch experience in North America, from the voyage of Henry Hudson to the recent migrations of dairy farmers, stretch across four centuries. Two major scholarly traditions, one focusing on New Netherland and the other on the 19th and 20th century immigration settlement, and culture in the Midwest and beyond have pursued these questions with limited contact. This conference, jointly sponsored by the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS), will bring these two scholarly communities together. The program committee (Charles Gehring, Janny Venema, Henk Aay, and David Zwart) is particularly interested in research and papers that address the following themes. First, how may the entire Dutch-American experience (from 1609 to today) be integrated into a more unified narrative and framework made up of continuing cultural strands (in religion, demography, education, social and economic conditions, etc.)? Second, what were distinguishing qualities of the New Netherland culture encountered by Dutch immigrants coming to the US, beginning in the mid-19th century, more than 170 years after the Dutch surrendered New Netherland to the British? Third, how did New Netherland-derived institutions, such as the Reformed Church in America, interact with arriving and newly arrived Dutch immigrants and their settlements and institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries? Finally, how may the New Netherland DutchAmerican experience in the 17th , as well as later centuries, be compared to that of the DutchAmerican Midwest, with respect to such issues as assimilation, isolation, impact on society at large, Dutch-American churches and schools, upward mobility, connections to the homeland, festivals of ethnic identity, among others. Paper proposals on other topics about Dutch in North America will also be considered. Please submit proposals of about 300 words and a one-page CV by March 15, 2015 to David Zwart at zwartdav@gvsu.edu .

20th Anniversary AADAS Conference 2015

 

The board of AADAS is excited to announce that our 20th biennial conference will be held in Albany, New York in conjunction with the New Netherland Institute September 17-19, 2015. These dates coincide with the return of the replica Halve Maen (Half Moon) to Albany.

David Zwart and Henk Aay (current president and vice-president) are serving on a joint program committee with Charles Gehring and Janny Venema of the New Netherland Institute. Local arrangements will be handled by the staff of the NNI with Mary Risseeuw and Lisa Zylstra (current board members) serving as consultants.

The general conference theme is The Dutch in America Across the Centuries: Connections and Comparisons. 

People from the Netherlands have migrated to and have had an impact on North America since the 17th century. The Dutch experience in North America, from the voyage of Henry Hudson to the recent migrations of dairy farmers, stretch across four centuries. Two major scholarly traditions, one focusing on New Netherland and the other on the 19th and 20th century immigration settlement, and culture in the Midwest and beyond have pursued these questions with limited contact. This conference, jointly sponsored by the New Netherland Institute (NNI) and the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS), will bring these two scholarly communities together.

The program committee is particularly interested in research and papers that address the following themes. First, how may the entire Dutch-American experience (from 1609 to today) be integrated into a more unified narrative and framework made up of continuing cultural strands (in religion, demography, education, social and economic conditions, etc.)? Second, what were distinguishing qualities of the New Netherland culture encountered by Dutch immigrants coming to the US, beginning in the mid-19th century, more than 170 years after the Dutch surrendered New Netherland to the British? Third, how did New Netherland-derived institutions, such as the Reformed Church in America, interact with arriving and newly arrived Dutch immigrants and their settlements and institutions in the 19th and 20th centuries? Finally, how may the New Netherland Dutch-American experience in the 17th , as well as later centuries, be compared to that of the Dutch-American Midwest, with respect to such issues as assimilation, isolation, impact on society at large, Dutch-American churches and schools, upward mobility, connections to the homeland, festivals of ethnic identity, among others.

Paper proposals on other topics about Dutch in North America will also be considered.

Please submit proposals of about 300 words and a one-page CV by March 1, 2015 to David Zwart at zwartdav@gvsu.edu .

 

 

2015 AADAS CONFERENCE!!!!

2015 is a special anniversary for AADAS!  Stay tuned for details on the location and theme for upcoming conference!

Program of 2013 conference

19th biennial AADAS Conference, Central College Pella, Iowa,
Thursday 6-Saturday 8 June 2013

The Dutch-American Involvement in War: U.S. and Abroad


THURSDAY 6 JUNE
Session 1, Pella
9.00-10.15George Harinck, Opening
Eugene P. Heideman, Dominie Hendrik Peter Scholte: Estranged from his Colleagues
Emo Bos, Scholte’s Vision of the Relationship of Church and State
10.15-10.45Coffee Break
10.45-12.00Susan Price Miller, A Portrait of the Dutch Artist Gerhard Hendrik Nollen
Jaap van Marle, Pella"s Uniqueness
12.00-1.30 PMLunch
Session 2, Civil War
1.30-3.00Michael L. Swanson, From Wooden Shoes to Brogans: Klaas Zuidema and the American Civil War
Gerlof D. Homan, Abraham J. Muste: America"s Premier Pacifist
Janet Sjaarda Sheeres, A Dutch Colony as Casualty of the Civil War (Tennessee)

3.00-3.30Coffee Break
3.30-4.30Marten C.P. Rustenburg, Holland Boys in the Union Army: Johannes Van Lente, Johannes Douma
Douglas Firth Anderson, William Vandever, "of Holland, not of Sweedish descent": Presbyterian, Congressman, General
5.30Dinner
Ronald Rietveld, Title unknown


FRIDAY 7 JUNE

Session 3, World War I
9.30-10.30George Harinck, Abraham Kuyper on War and America’s Role in the World
Huug Vanden Dool, A Few Stories about Dutch-Americans and World War I
10.30-11.00Coffee Break
11.00-12.00Robert P. Schoone-Jongen, Loyalties in Conflict: Theodore F. Koch Confronts the First World War
James Dahm and Dorothy Van Kooten, Peoria, Iowa in WWI
12.00-1.30 PMLunch
Session 4, Miscellanea
1.30-3.00Babs Boter, "A Reflection of Holland Overseas": Mary Pos" visits to Dutch immigrant cultures in California and Michigan
Kenneth W. Bult, Why did South Holland resist urbanization?
Earl Wm. Kennedy, The Last "Christian Friend"? From Amsterdam to Pella: The Rise, Fall, and Restoration of the Maverick Rev. A. G. Zigeler (1833-1915)

3.00-3.30Coffee Break
Session 5, World War II
3.30-5.00Robert P. Swierenga, Holland and the Home Front
Bruce C. Bolinger, By Trial and Error: The Experience of a Dutch Escape Line in World War II
Cornelia B. Kennedy, "Packing underwear, cod liver oil, stockings..." Holland, Michigan, responds to Netherlands needs, 1945-1949

SATURDAY 8 JUNE
Session 5, World War II (continued)
9.00-10.00Donald Sinnema, One Soldier"s Experience of the Pacific War: The World War II Diaries of Sgt. Ernest Gerritsma, 1941-1945
Henry Aay, The Netherlands Information Bureau in the United States during World War II and its Aftermath
10.00-10.30Coffee Break
Session 6, Vietnam War
10.30-12.00Syl Gerritsma, The Moral Fog of War: Viet Nam through Cracked Reformed Glasses
David E. Zwart, Being Dutch American during the Vietnam War
President AADAS, Closure

12.00Lunch

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Conference: The Dutch-American Involvement in War: U.S. and Abroad

Central College
Pella, Iowa

June 6-8, 2013

Co-hosted by Central College and the Pella Historical Society

The 19th biennial meeting of AADAS will explore historical themes dealing with the contribution of the Dutch to America during times of war and military operations, both in military services and on the home front, beginning with the Civil War and continuing through the Vietnam War.

Program

Wednesday, June 5, Pre-Conference tour of Pella, including the Pella Historical Village, the Vermeer Mill (built in 2002), a guided town tour, and a visit to the Scholte House Museum.

Thursday, June 6 - Saturday June 8, AADAS Conference at Central College.

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