17th and 18th century garments

Photo: Renske Ebbers

American heritage experts in a visitors programme on Dutch Colonial Perspectives

This programme is a cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Monday 9 September 2019, 10:00 to Friday 13 September 2019, 10:00
The theme of this year’s visitors programme is ‘Understanding Dutch Colonial Perspectives’.

The heritage experts will focus on understanding the multiplicity of perspectives within Dutch colonial history, from women’s history, slavery, domestic life, the wealthy and poor living to methods of conveying the multiple perspectives on Dutch colonial history today. On the 10th of September, the American experts will share their work and ideas on this theme in the City Archives of Amsterdam.

The objectives of this programme are deepening the understanding of Dutch colonial history and its aftermath, getting acquainted with relevant partners in the Netherlands and exploring possibilities for future cooperation. 

The programme “Understanding Dutch Colonial Perspectives” will aim to include several meetings, site visits and opportunities for knowledge exchange with experts in the Netherlands. The main focus of the programme will be as follows.

  1. Understanding the multiplicity of perspectives within Dutch colonial history (from women’s history, slavery, wealthy and poor living)
  2. Storytelling and methods of conveying the multiple perspectives on Dutch colonial history
  3. Deepening the understanding of 17th and 18th domestic life in Dutch colonial times

The programme includes visits to and meetings with Open Air Museum Arnhem, National Archives, Huis Bonck, West Fries Museum, Scheepsvaartmuseum, Black Archives, Black Heritage Tour, Tropenmuseum and Rijksmuseum. On Tuesday the 10th of September there will be a public event in the City Archives of Amsterdam where the visitors present their work and have a chance to meet Dutch peers.


Kamau Ware

Kamau Ware is a historian and multidimensional visual storytelling artist. He is best known for his flagship storytelling project, Black Gotham Experience (BGX), which is an immersive multimedia project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City through a series of historic walks, talks, photography-based graphic novels, and events. 


Kamau Ware


Josephine Bloodgood                

Josephine Bloodgood is an artist and curator living in New York’s Hudson Valley. She is currently the director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, New York State. Previously she served as executive director and curator of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (Woodstock, NY), she has curated over 30 exhibitions.


Josephine Bloodgood


Heidi Hill

Heidi Hill is historic site manager at Crailo State Historic Sites and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Sites in Albany, New York State. Previously she has led the team on the major exhibition Sweet and Alien Land, Colony of the Dutch in the HRVin 2009 for the Quadricentennial; and the team on the travelling exhibit A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World. She also presented many talks on Dutch colonial culture.


Heidi Hill


Gerald "Pete" Jemison

Gerald "Pete" Jemison is an enrolled member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Buffalo State College and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art from Buffalo State also. He is an author who wrote and edited Treaty of Canandaigua, 200 years of Treaty relations between the Iroquois Confederacy & the United States. He has curated exhibitions of Haudenosaunee artists for the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Pete is a professional artist with a career spanning 50 years his art is in collection nationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.


Pete Jemison