New York Stock Exchange Supports Dutch heritage exhibit

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The New York Stock Exchange has recently announced a generous two-year grant to Henry Hudson 400 New York to support the Rare Maps and Documents exhibit scheduled for September 2009 at the South St. Seaport Museum in New York: 'New Amsterdam, The Island at the Center of the World'.

A centerpiece of the Henry Hudson 400 Festival, these 17th century world treasures include several water colored maps by the renowned cartographer Johannes Vingbooms currently in the Dutch National Archives, along with a map on loan from the De Medici Library in Florence that shows the street layout of downtown New York, fully recognizable as it is today with 'de Wallen' (Wall St.)'Brede Wegh' (Broadway) and 'Paerle Straat' (Pearl Street).

A highlight of the exhibition - inspired by Russell Shorto's bestselling novel - will be the 'Purchase Document' detailing the sale of Manhattan by the Indians to the Dutch for 60 guilders. Since most of these maps and documents have never been shown in the US before, it is expected this exhibit will attract throngs of New Yorkers, international businessmen, and tourists alike.

This exhibit recognizes a major aspect of the historical roots of Wall Street and the global economy; it also will become part of a citywide celebration honoring four hundred years of Dutch culture in New York including a Global Water Conference at Liberty Science Center and a unique flower exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.

Russell Shorto, author of the bestselling 'The Island at the Center of the World' and Geert Mak, author of several bestsellers on the history of The Netherlands and Europe, will collaborate on a booklet to mark the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's famous third voyage which led to the development of New Amsterdam.

The HH 400 publication will explore the shared history of Amsterdam and New York and how this relationship influences our present lives. This special commemorative history of the two nations has been generously underwritten by the Schiphol Group.


Dr. A. H.G. Rinnooy Kan (1949) has joined our transatlantic Advisory Board.
Dr. Rinnooy Kan serves as chairman of SER (Sociaal Economische Raad), an advisory and consultative body of entrepreneurs, employers and independent experts that aims to help create social consensus on national and international socio-economic issues. A former Dean of Erasmus University Rotterdam and former member of the board of ING, Dr. Rinnooy Kan has been professor in residence at MIT and Berkeley in the US.

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