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Talk on “Dutch Settlers in the Hudson Valley, in the 17th and 18th Centuries” – Thurs. Oct. 9th

September 24, 2014

Special Collections and University Archives is delighted to present a talk by Dr. Firth Haring Fabend, "Patroons and Plowmen, Pietism and Politics: Dutch Settlers in the Hudson Valley in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” This talk will be held on Thursday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m. in the Remigio U. Pane Room on the first floor of the Archibald S. Alexander Library in New Brunswick.

The first permanent Dutch settlers arrived in New Jersey in the mid-seventeenth century. Over the next one hundred years, the Dutch community developed from a few scattered trading posts to an influential religious and ethnic group with deep roots in the Hudson and Raritan Valleys. The history of the Dutch in colonial New Jersey is peopled by high-living landowners, wily politicos, and barnstorming preachers, as well as legions of hard-working farmers whose quietly elegant homes still dot the Bergen County landscape.

Firth Haring Fabend is a historian of the Dutch in New Netherland and in colonial and nineteenth-century New York and New Jersey. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University. Her prize-winning books, A Dutch Family in the Middle Colonies, and Zion on the Hudson, were published by Rutgers University Press. Her most recent book is New Netherland in a Nutshell: A Concise History of the Dutch Colony in North America, commissioned by the New Netherland Institute in Albany. She is a Charter Fellow of the New Netherland Institute and a Fellow of the Holland Society of New York and of the New York Academy of History.  

This presentation is part of the celebration of the 350th anniversary of New Jersey, and one of a series of programs highlighting Special Collections and University Archives fall 2014 exhibition, New Jersey Before the Revolution: Land and People. For more information on this exhibition, please see:

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