Opening Reception

The History of the Census in Hudson
Hudson Area Library
51 N 5th St., Hudson, NY.
Thursday, February 6

Everyone is invited to the opening reception of ‘The History of the Census in Hudson’ exhibition curated by the Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, for a shared viewing and conversation with refreshments. 

Since ancient times, societies have kept counts of their populations for various purposes. This exhibit examines the United States federal censuses that have been taken since 1790, the New York State censuses taken since 1825, colonial censuses that precede the American revolution, and the upcoming 2020 federal census. Focusing on Hudson, from its founding and even earlier times, the exhibition includes original 1845 census books for the City, displayed alongside maps, documents and images that illuminate the area’s growth and history. Additional information, regarding the 2020 census and its importance to Hudson and its inhabitants will also be on view.

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2020 Lecture Series

On January 9, Dr. David W. Voorhees delivered the first lecture of the 2020 series in the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. His topic, colonial census enumerations in what is now Columbia County, brought out many interested local residents.

The next lecture, given by New Netherland Institute Director Stephen McErleane, will be on Thursday, April 9.

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Karlijn Waterman Visits

Karlijn Waterman and David Voorhees in the office of the Leisler Institute examining papers from Karlijn's late husband Kees.

The Jacob Leisler Institute was delighted yesterday to host Karlijn Waterman, wife of late trustee Kees-Jan Waterman, who donated to the Institute her husband’s extensive collection of materials relating to colonial European-Algonquian and Iroquoian relations in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Waterman, Coordinator of Dutch as a Foreign Language at Nederlandse Taalunie, brought with her several more of her late husband’s files to be added to the Institute’s collections.

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Collaboration with Basel University

"Sandgrube," house built in Basel, Switzerland, in 1746 as the home of Achilles Leissler.

“Sandgrube,” built in Basel, Switzerland, in 1746 as the home of Achilles Leissler (1723-1784), became this month the new location of the European Global Studies Institute in Basel. Achilles Leisler was a grandson of Jacob Leisler’s brother Franz Leisler. The Jacob Leisler Institute and the Europainstitut of Basel University are now collaborating in recovering the global connections of the Leisler family.

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A standing-room only crowd for the latest in the Lecture Series

A crowded room in close attention as Tim Bowman presents his lecture.
“Slavery and Dutch – Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in Colonial New York interact with slavery?” at the Hudson Area Library, Thursday, September 12, 2019.

Thank You to Travis Bowman for an illuminating lecture, to Tina Lesem for organizing it, to the Hudson Area Library for hosting, and to everyone in the standing-room only crowd for attending.

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Mary Collins joins the Institute

Mary Collins, who recently joined the Institute, sitting at a table in the library/office.

The Leisler Institute is pleased to announce that Mary Collins has joined the Institute as our Librarian. Ms. Collins has a Master of Library and Information Science with a concentration in rare books and special collections, a nearly completed Master of Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and holds the Certified Genealogist credential. She is former librarian at the Holland Society of New York. We are delighted to have her join us as a colleague.

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Lecture – Thursday, September 12, 6:00pm Slavery and Dutch – Palatine Farmers

Two Men Pointing at a Boy by Jan Luyken, c. 1711, Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

As part of our on-going lecture series, the Leisler Institute, in conjunction with the Gotham Center, and the Hudson Area Library History Room, present, Slavery and Dutch – Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in Colonial New York interact with slavery? In New York State slavery existed for 200 years and recent interest and research, particularly focused on the Hudson Valley area, confronts this reprehensible fact. This lecture is an opportunity to learn how slave labor led to the prosperity of many families in the region and also may have eventually influenced the abolition movement. 

Travis Bowman examines how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among middle class farmers in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Mr. Bowman is the Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, where he is responsible for the research, care, and exhibition of the collections at New York State’s historic sites and parks.

There is a question and answer period and refreshments after the talk. 

Hudson Area Library
51 North 5th St.
Hudson, NY.

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Waterman Collection of European-Indian Relations in the Hudson River Valley being Cataloged

Volunteer Jim Hoon cataloging the Kees-Jan Waterman Collection of colonial European-Indian interaction in the Hudson River Valley at the Jacob Leisler Institute today. Acquisition of the eight boxes of the Kees-Jan Waterman Collection of materials relating to colonial European-Indian relations in the Hudson River Valley was made possible by Kees-Jan Waterman’s heirs and through the support of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

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Sarah Burrows Winch named new Institute Trustee

The Jacob Leisler Institute is pleased to announce the election of Sarah Burrows Winch as a Trustee. Ms. Winch is a writer, poet, historian, and photographer. She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in English and history, and has a business background in sales with multiple companies, including Boston publishing company, CFO Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of The Economist, London. She is currently Chair of Safety for the Big Moose Property Owner’s Association (Big Moose Lake, Adirondacks, New York) and holds various other volunteer positions. Her soon to be published works, based on ancestors, under the nom de plume Sarah Tracy Burrows, include the nonfiction manuscript, Affectionately Yours, Osgood: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Osgood Vose Tracy, 122nd New York State Volunteers, to his Mother, Sarah Vose Osgood Tracy, 1862-1865, which she collaborated on with Civil War historian, professor and author, Ryan Keating, and a historical novel inspired by the true story, titled Fighting for Nellie. A native of Syracuse, New York, she currently resides in Wenham, Massachusetts, with her husband, with whom she has three sons. Her website is sarahtracyburrows,com. She is also a direct descendant of Jacob Leisler’s through his daughter Hester.

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