Online symposium co-organized by the Center for Netherlandish Art at the MFA, Boston and the Netherland America Foundation.
The Pilgrims: from Refugees in the Netherlands to American Colonists
Revisiting the Pilgrim story, the long history of Dutch-American connections, and the impact of migration on indigenous populations.
Four hundred years ago, the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts on the Mayflower after a long journey from Europe. Many of the Pilgrims actually started their journey in Leiden in the Netherlands, where they had lived for 12 years after leaving England as refugees.
Taking a 1620 painting of the Pilgrims departing the Netherlands as the starting point, this virtual event will explore the Pilgrims’ time in the Dutch Republic, the mythologies that developed around them and their trans-Atlantic migration, the ongoing impact on indigenous people, and the multi-national commemoration going on this year.
Creative Director, SmokeSygnals
Executive Director, Leiden 400
Curator of History, Museum de Lakenhal
Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director, Center for Netherlandish Art, MFA, Boston
Chairman, Boston Chapter of the Netherland America Foundation
The Center for Netherlandish Art at the MFA, Boston
The Netherland America Foundation