2016 Year End Appeal
Building on Our Vision
At the completion of the Institute’s second full calendar year we added considerably upon the successes of our first year. The Institute continued to expand its archival holdings relating to Jacob Leisler and his world, as well as to include a wider range of materials relating to the former Dutch territory of New Netherland under English rule. This resulted in an increasing number of researchers making use of the Institute’s holdings—including scholars from Cambridge University, the University of Amsterdam, Texas A & M, and numerous local regional institutions, as well as independent scholars.
In August, we acquired our first student intern, who came to us via SUNY-New Paltz. This was so successful that we plan on expanding our work with student interns. In order to more efficiently handle the Institute’s bookkeeping, the Institute employed Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, which specializes in Hudson Valley not-for-profits. We also continued to refine our website and are now seeking grants to place digital copies of the Institute’s holdings online. Recently, Institute Director David Voorhees lectured before a gathering sponsored jointly by Historic Hudson and the Columbia County Historical Society. He has as well published essays in several scholarly journals throughout the year.
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.