HVVA NEWSLETTER, October 2005, Part One
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From the Editor...The soft-cover edition of John Stevens new book, published by HVVA, came out a few weeks ago and has been selling well but we are still waiting for the hard-cover edition and hope to be mailing them out next week. The Dutch Barn Conference at Roslyn, Nassau County, Long Island, NY., was not well promoted or attended. John Stevens spoke on Dutch American Buildings and their Old World Antecedents. Carla Ciela, a Preservation Consultant from Ringoes, New Jersey, spoke on Tips for Surveying Barns, and shared with us some of her experience in documentation. She and Lawrance LaFevre, of Milford, New Jersey, have completed a survey of barns in Holland Township, NJ, and plan to publish a report in 2006. Gaynell Stone, Ph.D., Professor at Suffolk Community College and Museum Director, Suffolk County Archaeological Association, spoke on Evidence of Dutch Culture in Coastal New York. Showing how the Dutch cultural imprint, sometimes shown as the western half of Long Island, actually extended to the eastern half. Sean Sawyer, Executive Director of the Wyckoff House & Assoc., that operated the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn, New York's "oldest structure," spoke about the Reconstruction of the Wykoff/Durling Dutch barn at the Wyckoff House, a barn from New Jersey that is being reconstructed at their site with an archival cellar. The Wykoff House, funded and managed in part by the Wykoff Family Association, has an active community program. Sean Sawyer called our attention to a small but excellent book published by the museum. The Rise of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff; Social Mobility on the Colonial Frontier, by Morton Wagman.

Peter Sinclair, Editor
West Hurley. Ulster Countv, NY


In last month's, From The Editor, I incorrectly stated that Eric Braymer found no 18 th century artifacts in his excavations this summer at the Palatine Farmstead Dutch Barn in Rhinebeck. Rather, he wrote in his report, "The artifacts from each unit offered no diagnostic data that would date any soil level or feature within these units before the 1800's."

Eric further wrote, "Many of the soil levels had a mix of artifacts with possible date ranges throughout the 18 th , 19 th and 20 th centuries, but this mix of artifacts from different time periods in each soil level dates the soil levels to only the latest artifact date range. The statements describe only the soil levels and not the artifacts themselves. Many artifacts, such as cut nails and ceramics could have been produced in the 1700's." P.Sinclair, Editor

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