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“The Life of Cornelis Maessen, Founding Father of the Van Buren Family” A Talk by Jan de Boer, Mayor of Buren, The Netherlands
August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
In this talk by Jan de Boer, you’ll learn what led Cornelis Maessen, the third great-grandfather of Martin Van Buren, to leave Buren in 1631 and journey to New Netherland. Mr de Boer will also provide insights into life in seventeenth-century Holland and Gelderland and speak about the Golden Age, the Reformation, and the history of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish.
Mr. de Boer currently is working on a biography of Cornelis Maessen, which is set to be completed by 2020, the year in which Buren will commemorate the 625th anniversary of the town acquiring municipal rights. Mr. de Boer’s visit to Kinderhook follows the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a sister-city relationship between Buren and the Village of Kinderhook that recognizes the historic connections between the two communities.