New York City is getting ready once again for the annual 5 Dutch Days event! This five-day celebration encompasses the five boroughs of New York City, and celebrates the continuous influence of Dutch arts and culture in NYC. Numerous institutions participate in this event; see the 5 Dutch Days website for more information on Dutch themed activities such as walking tours, lectures, concerts and more.
Dutch culture has had its fair share of influence on us here at the Brooklyn Museum. One of the largest objects in our collection, the Schenck House features prominently in our connections to Dutch-American history. This month the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives are reflecting on the ways Dutch history has influenced our collections, we are currently highlighting published and archival materials documenting the ongoing influence of the Dutch.
In celebration of the ongoing influence of Dutch arts and culture, the Museum Libraries and Archives are highlighting a recent archival accession, a collection of documents regarding the Jan Martense Schenck House. These documents have recently been processed and are now available [pdf] to the public for research. Included in this collection are images of the Schenck House on its original location in Brooklyn; letters from numerous Schenck family descendents who have visited and supported the Schenck House over the years; and newspaper clippings from the 1964 Museum installation. We have also produced a list of published resources [pdf] on the Schenck House and Schenck family genealogy in the Museum Libraries. If you would like to schedule a visit to see any of these materials, please send us an e-mail. We are open to the public for research on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
If you are a Schenck descendant please let us know, as we always enjoy hearing from Schenck family members!
Tara Cuthbert is the Archives Assistant at the Brooklyn Museum. Tara is from Sydney, Australia and received her Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University in Northern New South Wales. She is currently studying for a MLIS at Queens College with a certificate in Archives. When not studying or working at the Museum, Tara enjoys spending time in her home/studio with her husband/collaborator on their life-long art project. She has two cats and enjoys walking to work from the Wallabout neighborhood in Brooklyn.