The Jersey Shore Branch of The Holland Society of New York cordially invites you and your spouse to the Jersey Shore Branch Meeting on Wednesday, March 21st, in Highlands, New Jersey. In conjunction with the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association in Red Bank, New Jersey, the Jersey Shore Branch is delighted to participate in a short presentation by Eduard van Breen, director of the New Netherland Museum in Albany. The presentation focuses on the history of the ship Halve Maen and the significance on history and world culture. DATE: Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 TIME: 7:30pm to 9:00pm LOCATION: Bahrs Landing Restaurant, 2 Bay Avenue, Highlands, New Jersey SPEAKER: Eduard van Breen of The New Netherland Museum “The Ship Halve Maen in North American and World History” Too many Americans believe that our modern history began with the English 1621 voyage of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower (which actually started in Rotterdam!) But by 1621, the Halve Maen’s voyage of discovery in 1609 was already over a decade in the past. The Dutch were settling in Nieuw Amsterdam, and the rapidly changing mercantile world of the seventeenth century was full of intrigue and geopolitics. The Halve Maen was part of the ‘network effect,’ linking ideas as well as trade. Water was not a barrier but a carrier, and ships at that time were like the internet today. Eduard van Breen is a Director of the New Netherland Museum in Albany, has sailed on the replica Half Moon, and is uniquely qualified to explore the impact the Halve Maen had on North America and New Jersey. The event begins at 7:30 pm with coffee and cookies prior to the presentation beginning at 8:00pm. If Members are interested in arranging a dinner prior to the presentation, please contact Branch President Stuart Van Winkle (contact information below). Please contact Jersey Shore Branch President Stuart Van Winkle by email at email@example.com with any questions and to RSVP to the Branch meeting.