- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The author of a best-selling book on New York’s Dutch Colonial history will be the keynote speaker at the annual New Netherland Seminar in Albany.

While researching his 2004 book “The Island at the Center of the World,” Russell Shorto called on the expertise of Dutch Colonial scholar Charles Gehring, director of the New Netherland Research Center in Albany. Gehring has spent decades translating thousands of 17th-century Dutch documents in the state archives.

PBS recently announced that it will air an eight-part television series based on Shorto’s book, tentatively scheduled to air on PBS in the fall of 2016.

The New Netherland Institute is holding its 38th annual seminar at the State Museum in downtown Albany. Shorto, who lives in Cumberland, Maryland, is the featured speaker at Friday night’s banquet.

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