The Jacob Leisler Institute welcomes Madison Haydon as a 2021 Spring semester intern. Ms. Haydon is a student in the History Department at SUNY New-Paltz specializing in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. We are delighted to have Madison on our team.
Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30pm
Jacob Leisler Institute Director David Voorhees on Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates.
Throughout the early modern era, North African raiders known as Barbary Corsairs, trolled Europe’s coasts from the Aegean Sea to the Netherlands and as far north as Iceland in search of European slaves. American ships were among their victims. On October 8, 1677, Algerian Corsairs boarded New York City merchant Jacob Leisler’s ship Susannah in the English Channel and captured Leisler along with his crew, two stepsons, nephew, and a passenger. This lecture focuses on the Susannah’s dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York politics.
The lecture is the first of four collaborations between the Leisler Institute and the Hudson Area Library, each featuring an expert in early colonial history.
The Jacob Leisler Institute – Hudson Area Library Lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.
The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present:
“Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”:
The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909
by Stephen McErleane.
Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm.
Though it is now known as a fundamental piece of the early history of the city, it was not until 217 years after the event that New Yorkers first learned of the now infamous 1626 purchase of the island of Manhattan by the Dutch from the Indians for twenty-four dollars.[Read more…] about Virtual Lecture Series – Purchase of Manhattan
In this episode of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History and Tina Lesem, who works at the Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute, on the history of the US Census and the importance of completing the 2020 Census.
The Jacob Leisler Institute welcomes Fall intern Aiven Palafox to our team. Mr. Palafox is a student in the History Department at SUNY New-Paltz. He will be our first virtual intern.
The Board of Trustees of the Jacob Leisler Institute unanimously elected Dr. Noah L. Gelfand as a Trustee at its annual meeting on August 29, 2020. Dr. Gelfand is Doctoral Lecturer of History at Hunter College. During Doctoral studies in Atlantic History at New York University, he served as a student intern with the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, the forerunner of the Institute.[Read more…] about New Trustee – Noah Gelfand