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Lucianne Lavin – 2022 Lecture Series

May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
6:00 pm
$5.00 for CRM Members
$10.00 for Non-Members


Lucianne Lavin, Director of Research and Collections Emeritus,
The Institute for American Indian Studies

Dutch-Native American Relationships in Eastern New Netherland (That’s Connecticut, Folks!)

Examine the significant impact of Dutch traders and settlers on the history of the colony and state of Connecticut, and their relationships with its Indigenous peoples.

What is now the state of Connecticut was once part of the 17th century Dutch Empire. New Netherland extended from Cape Cod west to Delaware Bay from 1614 to 1650. At that time, the Dutch gave up much of their claim to Connecticut to the English at the Treaty of Hartford, but retained control of its southwestern portion. Dutch families continued to live in other parts of Connecticut as well.

Connecticut’s first documented European explorers AND settlers were the Dutch. The aim of this presentation is to introduce the audience to their significant impacts on our history, including the continuing strong Dutch presence in western Connecticut, Dutch relationships with local Indigenous communities, and the noteworthy, often long-term effects of those relationships on our state and regional histories. The Dutch deserve a more prominent position in future Connecticut history books and museum exhibits. Dutch-American history and Dutch contributions to American culture should be mandated topics in Connecticut’s school curriculum.

Lucianne Lavin is Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies, a research museum and educational center in Washington, CT. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University. Lavin is an archaeologist who has over 30 years of research and field experience in Northeastern archaeology and anthropology, including teaching, museum exhibits and curatorial work, cultural resource management, editorial work, and public relations.

Dr. Lavin has written over 100 professional publications and technical reports on the archaeology and ethnohistory of the Northeast. She was awarded the Russell award by the Archaeological Society of Connecticut and elected Fellow of the New York State Archaeological Association for exemplary archaeology work in their respective states.



Photo Courtesy of Lucianne Lavin


May 17
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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