Message from Leisler Institute President Dr. Firth Fabend

January 17, 2016
Dear Friends to the Jacob Leisler Institute,

It gives me great pleasure as we start a new calendar year to look back at the Institute’s first year of existence and recall all of our accomplishments. We can be proud that, with your help, we are “off the ground and running” and looking forward to the New Year where we will, and must, continue to address our challenges and advance our mission. I should note that Board Member Ruth Piwonka’s experience with start-up processes was invaluable. We are very fortunate to have not only generous financial givers like you, but also dedicated and talented volunteers like Ruth and others.

We welcomed two new members to our Board in 2015, Charles Zabriskie Jr., Past President of The Holland Society of New York, and Kevin Hannan, a Corporate Learning Officer for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, both of whom have already stepped up to provide sound advice and other support. And we are particularly grateful to Kees-Jan Waterman for helping us to refine our fundraising strategy. We need to put those principles into play this year!

Director Dr. David William Voorhees and I have urged all members of our Board to continue to be mindful of the Institute’s needs and to keep its best interests at heart. We hope that you, as well, our much-appreciated donors, will also continue to keep our needs in mind. In particular, we must all keep an eye out for potential members/supporters in age groups that promise future guardians of our mission will be there when needed!

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a healthy and stable 2016 throughout.  
Yours truly,
Firth Fabend

Firth H. Fabend

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Year End Appeal

We are coming to the end of the first full calendar year for the Jacob Leisler Institute and in that time we have accomplished much to be proud of. In April the Institute received its IRS determination letter indicating that we qualify as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. In September we were notified that our application for New York State Charities Registration had gone through. The Leisler Papers Project files have been fully transferred from NYU and made accessible in its Hudson office. A user friendly website, now online, aids researchers and an increasing number of visitors using the Institute’s holdings. Institute director David Voorhees lectured at Columbia Greene College, Niagara University, and Montclair State University, as well as published essays in several scholarly journals. In the coming year, the Institute plans to expand its archival holdings and to develop its strategic goals

Your support for our efforts to preserve, make accessible, and publish the records of the English colony of New York and its role in the larger world and in shaping modern America is deeply appreciated. To further our mission, please consider a year-end tax deductible donation to the Jacob Leisler Institute. A generous benefactor has agreed to double gifts through a matching gift of up to $5,000.

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Open to the Public, December 5, 2015

The Jacob Leisler Institute, located in Studio 9 at the far end of Green Street Studios, 46 Green Street, Hudson, New York, will be open to the public on Saturday, December 5, from 3 pm to 6 pm, preceding Hudson’s famed Winter Walk. Stop by and say hello, and also visit the galleries at Green Street Studios.

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Trustees Waterman and Jacobs’ Publication

Two Jacob Leisler Institute Board members have seen an earlier book publication go into its second print run (actually, printing-on-demand). Kees-Jan Waterman and Jaap Jacobs, together with third editor Charles Gehring, published Indianenverhalen: De vroegste beschrijvingen van Indianen langs de Hudsonrivier (1609-1680) in 2009. The first printing of 1,500 copies was sold out. While the main title is difficult to translate into English, the subtitle explains that it is a collection of almost all Dutch accounts of Native Americans in the Hudson Valley. The transcriptions have not been modernized or changed otherwise, and are not annotated. For a description (in Dutch) and ordering information, see:…/geschiedenis/indianenverhalen/

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Charles Zabriskie Jr. New Institute Trustee

The Institute is most pleased to announce that Charles Zabriskie Jr. was elected a Trustee of the Jacob Leisler Institute at the Institute’s Annual Meeting on August 29th, and has graciously accepted the position.

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Annual Board of Trustees Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early American History will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, at the Jacob Leisler Institute office, 46 Green Street, Hudson, New York.

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Mary Collins Institute Library Consultant

The Jacob Leisler Institute is pleased to announce that Mary Collins, genealogist at East Sixth St. Genealogy and a special collections librarian, has agreed to serve as library/archive consultant for the Jacob Leisler Institute. Mary has an MSLIS degree, with a concentration in rare books and special collections, as well as a Certificate in archives and records management from the Palmer School at Long Island University, and holds the accreditation of Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has worked most recently as Librarian to The Holland Society of New York. Her advice will be particularly helpful in organizing the Institute’s collection for research and in ensuring its permanent maintenance.

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Voorhees to speak at Niagara University

Jacob Leisler Institute Director Dr. David William Voorhees will be presenting a paper at the 36th Annual New York State History Conference at Niagara University at 1:30 on June 18, 2015. The title of his paper is, “‘Resolved to Live No Longer in Such a Danger’: The Ideological Structure of the 1689 New York Revolution.” In addition to his presentation, Dr. Kenneth Shefsiek of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will present a paper entitled “‘Make an end of my misery’: Rev. Johannes Henricus Goetschius and the Negotiation of the Authority in 18th Century Dutch New York.” The chair for the session will be Dr. Thomas Beal of SUNY Oneonta. For further information:

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