I’ve added a link to the New Netherlands Institute under “Keys to the City” in the right-hand sidebar. According to the site, “The New Netherland Institute (formerly Friends of New Netherland) seeks to increase public awareness of the work of the New Netherland Project and supports the Project through fund raising.”

What is “The New Netherland Project”? Established under the sponsorship of the New York State Library and the Holland Society of New York, the Project’s “primary objective is to complete the transcription, translation, and publication of all Dutch documents in New York repositories relating to the seventeenth-century colony of New Netherland. This unique resource has already proven invaluable to scholars in a wide variety of disciplines. It also serves to enhance awareness of the major Dutch contributions to America over the centuries and the strong connections between the two nations. The Project is supported by the New York State Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New Netherland Institute.”

I expect that the site will be useful to us as we work on our history and as we plan a conference on New York writing to be held in the Spring of 2009 at NYU.

By the way, Russell Shorto uses the New Netherland Project to frame his account of Dutch Manhattan in The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America (2004).