History and Happenings of our Dutch Roots

Our mission is to collect and preserve the rich history and genealogical records of the early Dutch settlers of New Netherland. Founded on May 1st, 1885, by descendants of the original settlers, our Society now welcomes all direct descendants of Dutch residents in North America and anyone interested in this fascinating period of history. We invite you to explore our collection of historical articles, journals, and yearbooks that provide a deep insight into the Dutch Colonial Period in America.


Featured Articles: Original Holland Society Articles

Explore articles from the Holland Society archives, past Yearbooks, and issues of de Halve Maen. These first-hand accounts offer a window into the past history of the Society and the Dutch influence on American history.


Dutch National Archives Stories

We are pleased to present stories from the Dutch National Archives, shared monthly by experts from both America and the Netherlands. These narratives cover a wide range of perspectives, showcasing triumphs and hardships over hundreds of years of shared history between the two nations.


About de Halve Maen Journals

Since 1922, de Halve Maen, a quarterly journal published by The Holland Society of New York, has been a leading publication on the Dutch Colonial Period in America. It features new research and essays on New Netherland culture and the Dutch contributions to American history.



From 1886 to 1921, The Holland Society published Yearbooks that documented the Society’s activities and historical insights. These volumes, beginning with The First Dinner-Book, were later succeeded by de Halve Maen in 1922, continuing the tradition of preserving Dutch-American heritage.


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