Conference Program

Thursday, 27 March 2014

New Jersey State Museum Auditorium, 205 W. State Street, Trenton, New Jersey

5:15-5:45 p.m. Registration

5:45-7 p.m.: Opening Session
Chair: Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University

Keynote Address:
Mark Di Ionno, Newark StarLedger

7:00-8:00 PM: Reception
New Jersey State Museum

Friday, 28 March 2014

Thomas Edison State College, 101 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey

8:45–9:15 a.m.: Registration and Coffee

9:15–10:45 a.m.: Empires and Communities

Chair: Dennis Maika, New Netherland Institute


Maxine N. Lurie, Seton Hall University, “Reality of Empire: New Englanders on the Ground in Seventeenth Century East Jersey

Andrew R. Murphy, Rutgers University, “Mapping William Penn’s Correspondence: The Personal Politics of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, 1677–1684”

Katie A. Moore, Boston University, “‘A Publique and Usefull Invention’: Blackwell’s Bank and Protestant Reform in James II’s America”

Discussant: Christian Koot. Towson University

10:45–11:00 a.m.: Break

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Memories and Legacies

Chair: Evan Haefeli, Columbia University


Jean Soderlund, Lehigh University, “‘At Present Inhabited Only or Most by Indians’: Lenapes and Colonists in West New Jersey, 1664-1680”

William Carter, The College of New Jersey, “White Lies: The Creation Myths of the Middle Colonies”

Jason R. Sellers, University of Mary Washington, “Creating Histories and Recovering Autonomy in the Hudson Valley”

Discussant: Andrew Newman, Stony Brook University

12:30–2:00 p.m.: Lunch

2:00–3:45 p.m.: Confluences and Adaptations

Chair: Jonathan Mercantini, Kean University


Lauren Brincat, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, “Material Life on a Dutch Frontier: The Inventory of Captain William Lawrence, Flushing, 1680”

Mark L. Thompson, University of Groningen, “‘Great Capitalists’ vs. ‘Ancient Settlers’: Swedes and Finns Respond to the Penntrification of the Delaware Valley”

Catharine Dann Roeber, Winterthur Museum, “Before the ‘Best Poor Man’s Country’: Foodways, Natural Resources, and Experiment in the Delaware Valley, 1660–1700”

Deborah Hamer, Columbia University, “‘That the Laws Concerning Marriage bee Strictly Observed’: Continuity and Change in Marriage Regulation, 1621-1689”

Discussant: Ned Landsman, Stony Brook University

3:45–4:00 p.m.: Break

4:00–5:00 p.m.: Closing Roundtable

Chair: Daniel K. Richter, University of Pennsylvania

Wayne Bodle, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Charles Gehring, New Netherland Research Center
Cynthia Van Zandt, University of New Hampshire

5:30–7:00 p.m.: Reception
Lafayette Yard Hotel & Conference Center, 1 West Lafayette Street, Trenton, New Jersey


The conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required for on-line access to the pre-circulated papers.

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