Material Culture in New Netherland (BGC/N-YHS Collaboration)





This is a sequel to the fall course New Amsterdam in the Dutch Atlantic, with an emphasis on the material evidence of Dutch presence in the New World, particularly metropolitan New York and adjacent areas. In preparation for the forthcoming exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, students will examine and evaluate artifacts and documents to determine their effectiveness in evoking physical and sensory life in Dutch New York in the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition to written documents, names on the landscape, maps, prints, paintings, ceramics, silver, furniture, textiles, and other materials may be studied. Visits to historic houses and museums; close collaboration with staff at the N-YHS. Student research projects will help shape and inform the exhibition and the publication accompanying it. 3 credits.