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Light on New Netherland

March 28 - April 30, 2011 (above image, Hanover Square by L. T. Tantillo)

From March 28 to April 30, 2011, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents "Light on New Netherland," a traveling exhibition produced by the New Netherland Institute to celebrate the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s exploration. New Netherland – the Dutch province that stretched from today’s New York state to parts of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut – existed for 55 years, and its legacy lives on.

"Light on New Netherland" provides insight into the role the Dutch played in the settlement and development of colonial America. Based on original Dutch documents in the collections of the New York State Library and State Archives, the exhibition traces the history of the Dutch in New Netherland, beginning with Henry Hudson’s exploration in 1609. Many of the illustrations in the exhibition are the work of Len Tantillo, the foremost artist in recreating historical images of New Netherland. Tantillo’s work has appeared in national exhibitions, books and television documentaries, and in 2005 he was commissioned to create a painting on Dutch architecture in colonial America for the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In addition to the traveling exhibition, the gallery will also feature a number of paintings, decorative art objects, and artifacts from the Calvin College permanent collection and the Holland Museum collection in Holland, Michigan. These pieces help illustrate art and everyday life of the 17th century Dutch, as well as the revival of Dutch interest during the early 20th century known at Holland Mania.


Calvin College: President’s Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Dutch Language Program, Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture, Heritage Hall, & History Department
Eenhoorn Co.
Netherland America Foundation

New Netherland Institute

The New Netherland Institute works to enhance awareness of the Dutch history of colonial America by supporting the translation and publication of early Dutch documents through the New Netherland Project, located in the State Library and also supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The New Netherland Project has been working since 1974 to translate and publish the official 17th-century Dutch colonial documents of one of America’s earliest and longest-settled region. Uncovering America’s Forgotten Colony: The New Netherland Project is a short video about the New Netherland Project, and will be shown on a loop in the gallery.


Opening Reception Thursday, March 31 from 8pm

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 31 at 8pm. Dutch Treats and refreshments served in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Lobby.

New Netherland Lecture Series

Thursday, March 31, 7pm (Recital Hall)
"In Such a Far Distant Country, Separated from All the Friends: The Dutch in New Netherland"
Dr. Jaap Jacobs, Dutch Colonial historian and author

Thursday, April 7, 7pm (Multipurpose Room 115)
"Eddies & Crosscurrents: The Heirs of New Netherland and the Dutch Immigrants of the Nineteenth Century" Dr. Richard Harms, Calvin College

Thursday, April 14, 7pm (Recital Hall)
"New Light from Old Paper: Translation of the Records of New Netherland"
Dr. Charles Gehring, The New Netherland Institute