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The Hudson Valley Dutch and Their Houses 
by Harrison Meeske
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Sleeping accommodations for parents, infants, and any other adults, were usually on the ground level. Rural Dutch family members' chambers (the word usually refers to rooms used as bed-sitting rooms) were not commonly placed on the second floor until after the Revolutionary War. In many Anglo-Dutch rural colonial homes and Dutch colonial urban houses bedrooms were located on upper floors at an early date.

The large homes and town houses of the Dutch had an entry room called the voorhuis vant grout hus. The front room was called the voorhuis, or fore room, and "the voorhuis in New Amsterdam corresponded with the hall in New England and the Southern States."~3 The generic Dutch term for room was kamer. Small and early homes seldom dedicated an entire room to the single purpose of a private sleeping area, but many rooms did have special designations. In some houses, there was a living room or side room called a zijkamer, as found in a house built in 1642 for Jan Teunissen and described in New World Dutch Studies by Henk J. Zanthuyl.~4 The inner room in early Netherlander homes was first called the binnen~ haard and later the binnenkamer, or inner room, which was often a family room and was the location of the fireplace. When this room was also the kitchen, it was called the keuken. As in most other early settlers' homes, Roderic Blackburn observes that "kitchens were the most important spaces in Dutch houses. Sometimes this single space was used not only for food preparation, but also as living and working quarters for all other household activities."~5 An Op solder was a garret. If it served as a warehouse, it was called a pakFuis. An extension to a house might be a side gallery, or a uytlaet, as shown on a house built by Juriacn Hendricksen for Adriaen Dircksen Coen in 1649.

The Netherlander practice of using a room exclusively for show and rare occasions was reflected in Dutch-American inventories; therefore, if a family were affluent, they might aspire to a pronhkamer, or show-room, for displaying household wealth, which was a significant aspect of Dutch culture.~7 Most valley Dutch families settled for a groot kamer, or great chamber, which did not describe the size so much as the best room in the house, a room intended for hospital...-
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"Now for the first time since the 1930s, we have a new book on the subject of the Dutch and their houses.... This work will serve well a wide range of interests, including those of Dutch house owners, scholar historians, historic preservationists, New York and New Jersey armchair historians, persons curious about the old structures they have seen along the road for years, and teachers ready for a fresh perspective on our visible past. I have learned a lot from this book I did not know." -Roderic H. Blackburn, author of books about the Dutch in New York, from the preface.


Roderic H. Blackburn
Ruth Piwonka

Mary Black
Charlotte Wilcoxen
Joyce Volk
Nancy S. Kelley

 Rembrance Of Patria  
  Dutch Arts and Culture in Colonial America   1609-1776

This book, which records the tricentennial exhibition of the same name, is based on a decade of research in America and in the Netherlands and contains much new information concerning Netherlands prototypes of New York architecture, fine and decorative arts, and rural and urban tradition presented by a number of distinguished contributors. The material is organized according to major themes in Dutch colonial history and life and catalogs objects that were selected to reveal the role of the Dutch in American history. Almost a third of the objects have not been published previously; the others include some of the most widely celebrated colonial American paintings, silverware, and furniture. They could not have been brought together without the cooperation of more than forty museums and historical societies and private collectors.

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 The Sensible Cook :
Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World

by Peter G. Rose (Translator)
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Long Hammering :
Essays on the Forging of an African American Presence in the Hudson River Valley to the Early Twentieth Century

by Albert James Williams-Myers
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Dutch Architecture Near Albany :
The Polgren Photographs

by Shirley W. Dunn, Allison P. Bennett
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