Long Island entrepreneur Gary Laube joins Leisler Institute Board of Trustees.

The Jacob Leisler Institute welcomes Gary Laube of Westhampton, New York, to its Board of Trustees. Mr. Laube is a direct descendant of Col. John Young, who was one of the chief justices on Jacob Leisler’s 1691 trial. Mr. Laube is a founder and co-owner with his son of Liberty Gas, a full-service source for residential and commercial propane needs on Long Island’s East End. He has a passionate interest in colonial New York and, in particular, Jacob Leisler, and has made important contributions to colonial New York research. He brings to the Institute welcome business acumen and a wealth of historical knowledge with him.

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Leisler Institute Reception on December 2, 2017

In conjunction with the opening artist’s reception on Saturday, December 2, at 46 Green Street, and Hudson’s famed Winter Walk, the Jacob Leisler Institute, at the rear of the 46 Green Street Studios, will be open to the public from 4:00 to 6:00. Stop by Studio 9, say hello, and visit the Institute’s new adjoining archival space.

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Leisler Institute Trustee Ruth Piwonka honored with Festschrift

It is with tremendous pride we note that on November 16, the New York history community honored Leisler Institute Trustee and Treasurer Ruth Piwonka for her contributions to New York historical research with a festschrift at the “Researching New York 2017” Conference at the University at Albany, SUNY. Speakers included Roderic H. Blackburn, co-author with Ruth of numerous works, James Bradley, Martin Van Buren Papers, Charles Gehring, New Netherland Research Center, William Krattinger, New York State Division for Historic Preservation, David William Voorhees, Jacob Leisler Institute, Patricia West McKay, National Park Service Martin Van Buren Site, and Ivan Steen, Center for Applied Historical Research at the University at Albany. Congratulations Ruth.

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2017 Annual Jacob Leisler Institute Trustees’ Board Meeting

At the 2017 Annual Jacob Leisler Institute Trustees’ Board Meeting, held at the Institute office in Hudson, New York, on August 26, the Trustees elected Charles Zabriskie Jr. as the Institute’s first Trustee Emeritus. The Board is recognizing Mr. Zabriskie, who recently stepped down as a Trustee, for his outstanding contributions to the Institute. He will continue to participate in Institute activities when possible.
The Minutes of the Institute’s Third Annual Meeting are available upon request to: info@jacobleislerinstitute.org.

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Tina Lesem joins Institute team

The Jacob Leisler Institute welcomes Tina Lesem to our team. Tina, who has a background in architectural and historic preservation, is volunteering as time permits to help organize, catalog, and aid in the conservation of the Institute’s growing collections. Her first undertaking is cataloging and organizing of the Institute’s map collection. We are so very fortunate to have Tina working with us.

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Noted Library and Archival Conservationist Jeff Rigby joins Leisler Institute Board of Trustees.

The Jacob Leisler Institute is very pleased to announce that Jeff Rigby, AIC, noted library and archival conservationist, has accepted our invitation to join the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Rigby began his career with a four-year apprenticeship at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Since leaving the Newberry, he has had a distinguished career preserving documents for numerous library and archival collections including the Brooklyn Museum, Ellis Island National Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park NY, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Museum of Modern Art, New York County Clerk’s Office, and the New York Stock Exchange, to mention only a few. His expertise in devising collection maintenance strategies and grant application and procurement is a valuable addition to the Institute’s future direction. As he writes, “My treatments deal with permanence and durability, and in all my work, I strive to protect the integrity of archival objects.”

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Acquisition of Dr. Eric Nooter’s files

The Jacob Leisler Institute is proud to announce that it has acquired the files of the late Dr. Eric Nooter (1950-2000). These papers relating to New Netherland and colonial New York richly enhance the Institute’s holdings.

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Welcome Spring 2017 Student Intern Riley Denaker

Jacob Leisler Institute Spring intern, Riley Denaker, began her internship at the Institute on Thursday, January 26. Ms. Denaker, who comes via SUNY-New Paltz, will be interning on Thursdays during the Spring 2017 semester for school credit. She is currently pursuing degrees in the French language and early American history.

Ms. Denaker is the Institute’s second student intern. The Institute is working on expanding our intern program to enable more students to learn archival, research, and documentary editing techniques. This is particularly important as higher learning institutions face possible cutbacks in government support in these areas.

We welcome Riley to our team.

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Message from Leisler Institute President Dr. Firth Fabend

January 3, 2017

Dear Friends of the Jacob Leisler Institute,

Greetings as we start a New Year and our third year as a growing and viable organization dedicated to the study of early New York history.

It has been a busy year for Institute Director Dr. David Voorhees and me and the Executive Committee in general as we moved forward to make the Institute better known and better financed.

To this end, we have developed a new brochure, which you should be seeing soon, concentrating on the early New York history aspects of the Institute rather than solely on Jacob Leisler himself.

This is in line with the Board’s stated desire to emphasize and broadcast the uniqueness of our collection, which is endlessly rich in varied topics from the slave trade to the whaling industry, to lumber milling, the sugar industry, and the trade in European manufactured goods. We should also mention the rum industry and developments in sanitation, as well as spousal abuse (topics usually avoided by the historians and genealogists of the past), and we should not forget the infamous Claverack Giant, interest in whom spiked academic research into paleontology. Early New York history from 1674 to around 1774 has been largely ignored by historians in the past, but we aim to change that.

Along with the new brochure will go an updated membership form in which the public can join in various categories (Friend, Sponsor, Benefactor, the Leisler Circle, or Corporate) for amounts ranging from $25 to $1000.

We initiated a successful internship with a student from New Paltz and another who will join us this year. They are indispensable to the minutiae of running the Institute.

We were distressed to learn this Fall that our trustee Kees-Jan Waterman had a medical emergency that required him to take a back seat for a while, but he is now on the mend and will return to help with the essential fundraising aspects of our responsibilities soon. Charlie Zabriskie has been very generous in his support, moral and financial, throughout the year, and we are most appreciative.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and I look forward to your continued interest and your participation, as well as to our Annual Meeting and Luncheon in August, date and place to be arranged.

With best wishes to all,
Firth Fabend
Firth Haring Fabend, President

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