Alida Livingston’s World: Women in New Netherland and Early New York
- Saturday, October 1, 2022
- $22, includes Museum admission (Members, $12; Women’s History Council, free)
Explore the lives of the women—Dutch, African, Indigenous, and English—who shaped and built New Netherland and colonial New York in the 17th and 18th centuries. Presented in partnership with the New Netherland Institute, this conference will feature two panel conversations and a keynote address inspired by the on-going translation of the papers of Alida Schuyler Livingston (1656-1727), an elite Dutch woman who exerted substantial influence over colonial politics, economics, and diplomacy. Her correspondence with her husband Robert Livingston (1654-1728) represents one of the most significant collections of women’s writing in seventeenth-century North America. Leading historians and scholars will use Livingston’s surviving letters, business records, accounts, and documents to unearth the impact of women, including those enslaved by the Livingston family and those indigenous to the region, on the history of the Dutch and later British colony.
Deborah Hamer, Director, New Netherland Institute.
1:10-2:15 pm: The Correspondence of Alida Livingston and Early American Women’s History
Valerie Paley (chair), Senior Vice President and Sue Ann Weinberg Director Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society; Russell Shorto (moderator), Director of the New Amsterdam Project at the New-York Historical Society; Jos van der Linde, translator, Alida and Robert Livingston Correspondence; and Charles Gehring, Director of the New Netherland Research Center.
2:15-2:30 pm: Break
2:30-3:45pm: Alida Livingston in Context: Women in New Netherland and Colonial New York
Deborah Hamer (moderator); Cynthia Kierner, Professor of History, George Mason University; Nicole Maskiell, Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina; Erin Kramer, Assistant Professor of History, Trinity University; and Andrea Mosterman, Associate Professor, Joseph Tregle Endowed Professor in Early American History, University of New Orleans.
4-5 pm: Keynote Address
Joy Bivins, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
5-6 pm: Reception and presentation of Hendricks Award and Van Slyke Article Prize.
Buy the books! Shop the NYHistory Store for titles related to this program:
Cynthia A. Kierner, Traders and Gentlefolk: The Livingstons of New York, 1675-1790
Nicole Saffold Maskiell, Bound By Bondage: Slavery and the Creation of a Northern Gentry
Andrea Mosterman, Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York
D. L. Noorlander, Heaven’s Wrath: The Protestant Reformation and the Dutch West India Company in the Atlantic World
Russell Shorto, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, and the Founding Colony that Shaped America
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Co-sponsored by the New Netherland Institute, the New Amsterdam Project, the Netherland-America Foundation, and New-York Historical's Center for Women’s History. With generous support from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.