6/2/14

"Disappearing Dutch Brooklyn" at New Utrecht Reformed Church

Lott House, Marine Park
On Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30 PM, the Friends of Historic New Utrecht invite you to a free lecture, "Disappearing Dutch Brooklyn: Where Have the Houses Gone?", a look into Brooklyn's Dutch history with urban archaeologist Dr. Christopher Ricciardi, at the Parish House at the New Utrecht Reformed Church, at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst.

There were 70 Dutch farmhouses and barns still standing in Brooklyn at the end of World War II. Only 13 of these important legacies of Dutch agricultural Brooklyn are standing today. Dr. Ricciardi's talk will explain how the presence of such historic sites can deepen our understanding and awareness of our community's history.

Apropos of the subject matter, Dr. Ricciardi will deliver his talk at the landmarked campus of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, a congregation organized by the Dutch settlers of the Town of New Utrecht in 1677. 

The Parish House, at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst, is easily accessible by public transportation:  the B8 bus stops in front of the church; the B1 bus stops two blocks away on 86th Street, and the D train stops down the block at 18th Avenue.

Dr. Ricciardi, a principal of the Midwood-based Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants, served as Assistant to the Director of the Brooklyn College Archaeological Research Center from 1990 to 2001, and as Chief Archaeologist for the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, from 2001 to 2009.

The program is part of an annual series of free concerts and history-based events offered by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht, with funding support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the City Council, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, Council Member Vinnie Gentile, former Councilman Domenic Recchia, and the Verizon Foundation.

For more information, contact 718-256-7173 or mail@historicnewutrecht.org.

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