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In a New York Minute — the Real New York and Its Legends
Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture

June 13, 2009 – January 10, 2010

The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, will mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to the New World with the exhibition Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture on view from June 13, 2009 through January 10, 2010.  The exhibition, three years in the making, is part of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain-Quadricentennial celebration and follows the story of the waxing and waning of Dutch influence in America that began with Henry Hudson’s voyage for the Dutch East India Company aboard the ship the Half Moon., in 1609, to the New World

The Dutch, from one of the smallest countries in Europe, established a trading empire that spanned the globe. The practicality, inclusiveness, and entrepreneurial qualities of the Dutch were essential for the development of their seventeenth-century colonial province, New Netherland, and are part of the founding DNA of America.

Dutch New York illustrates New York State and Westchester County’s Dutch heritage at five key times: 1609 when the Half Moon entered New York Harbor; 1709, during a period when Dutch culture continued to thrive under English rule; 1809, when Washington Irving’s stories began to romanticize New York’s Dutch heritage; 1909, when the Hudson-Fulton Celebration attempted to create a common Dutch past for a rapidly growing nation; and 2009, a significant Hudsonian anniversary at a time when the concept of historical “celebration” is increasingly debated.  The story will be illustrated through a rich array of paintings, prints, photographs, furniture, decorative arts, maps, and ephemera from the Museum and other collections. Major lenders include the Museum of the City of New York, the National Gallery of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and Yale University Art Gallery.

The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated publication, Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture, co-published by the Museum and Fordham University Press. Russell Shorto, author of The Island at the Center of the World, introduces the book. Laura M. Chmielewski, Assist. Prof, SUNY, Purchase College; Firth Haring Fabend, (Zion on the Hudson); Cynthia Koch, Exec. Dir., Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum; Phillip Lopate, Professor at Columbia University, School of the Arts; Dennis Maika, consultant, Historic Hudson Valley; Ruth Piwonka, (Remembrance of Patria); Oliver Rink, Prof., California State University; Sean E. Sawyer, former Exec. Dir., The Wycoff House; Wm. A. Starna, Prof., SUNY, Oneonta; and David Voohrees, Dir. of the Papers of Jacob Leisler, New York University.

Dutch New York is curated by Hudson River Museum Curator of Exhibitions Bartholomew F. Bland; Chief Curator of Collections Laura L. Vookles, and Roger Panetta, Adjunct Curator of History and Visiting Professor of History at Fordham University.

This book is being published in conjunction with the exhibition Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture, organized by the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, June 13, 2009 to January 10, 2010.  The exhibition was made possible, in part, through the support of the Office of the Westchester County Executive and the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

The catalog for Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture was made possible, in part, by a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

The exhibition and catalog for Dutch New York: The Roots of Hudson Valley Culture is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, and conclusions expressed in this exhibition and catalog do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 pm free.

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