"Women in New Netherland," NNI's 40th Annual Conference

"Women in New Netherland," NNI's 40th Annual Conference

New Netherland Institute


The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. The New Netherland Institute would like to use this centenary and our Annual Conference to highlight the important role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and in early New York.

Standard conference registration is $45.
Student conference registration is $20.
The Friday night dinner is $75.
If you would like to make an additional (much appreciated) contribution in support of this year's conference, please visit here

If you are registering for more than one person, please ADD TO CART for each.


The conference will convene in Albany in the Huxley Theater at the New York State Museum on the 22nd and 23rd of September. See below for the full schedule (subject to slight changes). And here for the full flyer. 


In addition to the conference, we will host our annual dinner on Friday night at 7pm (cocktail hour at 6pm) at the Hampton Inn in downtown Albany. The dinner will feature a talk by historical artist Len Tantillo and the presentation of this year's Hendricks Award and the Clague & Carol Van Slyke Article Prize. The meal will be a rijsttafel prepared by Yono's Restaurant. See the menu here

"Women of New Netherland" Tour 

We have also arranged a tour at Crailo State Historic Site for conference attendees. Crailo will present “Women of New Netherland,” a new tour focusing on the lives of women during the Dutch colonial period, at 2pm on Saturday, September 22nd. In order to help them gauge attendance, please indicate if you plan to attend. Tours are $5.00 adults/ $4.00 seniors; children 12 and under are free. Participants will pay at Crailo at the time of the tour. 


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in downtown Albany at a discounted rate for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. If you would like to book a room, please visit here, or call 518-432-7000 and mention the New Netherland Institute.

Questions? Email us at nni@newnetherlandinstitute.org



8:15–9:00: Registration and light refreshments

9:00–9:30: Opening remarks  

9:30–10:00: Susanah Romney, "Housewives and Businesswomen: Changing How We Think about Dutch Women in the Atlantic World"

10:00–10:30: Dirk Mouw, "Women and the Dutch Reformed Church in North America: What We Can Learn from Congregational Records"

10:30–11:00: Break

11:00–11:30 Artyom Anikin, "The Short History of Witch Trials in Colonial New York"

11:30–12:00: Peter G. Rose, "Ms. Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History"

12:00–1:30 Lunch (on your own)

1:30–2:00: Bill Greer, "Who Wears the Trousers? Dutch Folk Tradition and the Battle of the Sexes in New Netherland"

2:00–2:30: Lana Holden, "Catalina Trico: A Reflection of New Netherland"

2:30–3:00: Julie van den Hout, "Mary Doughty van der Donck: This Preacher's Daughter was No Shrinking Violet"


9:00–9:30: Opening remarks and light refreshments

9:30–10:00: David William Voorhees, "Women in Leisler's Rebellion"

10:00–10:30: Kate Lynch, "'She Removed to the Dutch Against the Advice of Her Friends': Lady Deborah Moody and New Netherland's Dissident Women"

10:30–11:00: Break

11:00–11:30: Ruth Piwonka, "Female Traders: Obscure, Unexpected"

11:30–12:00: Karen Hess, “A Sketch of a Portrait: Ariaantje Coeymans, Dutch Colonial Dame”

12:00: Dutch American Group (DAG) meeting