When a birthday comes around a celebration is usually in order. From May
to mid November 2017, 400 years after the birth of Pieter Bronck everyone is
invited to a series of special time bending fun events designed to explore
Pieter’s World. On the afternoon of Sunday May 21st the Bronck Museum
will be throwing Pieter a birthday party. Visitors can spend some time with
Pieter himself, his wife, one of his grandchildren and even his famous great
great grandson Judge Leonard Bronck. Since birthday cakes didn’t exist in
Pieter’s World a mound of 400 Dutch speculaas cookies will be served. There
will be live music, food, goats (one of the most commonly owned farm animals in
Pieter’s World) early amusements and games for children, craft demonstrations
and, and the first tasting of Pieter’s Brew, a new and specially crafted beer prepared
by Crossroads Brewery in Athens to be similar to the beer served in Pieter’s World.
On one Sunday
afternoon in June, July and again in September this season’s Bronck Family at
Home events highlight various aspects of Pieter’s World. Brewing on June 4th,
Building on July 16th and Living on September 10th, the
July and September events will be held in the cellar of Pieter’s 1663 house
allowing visitors the EXTRA special opportunity to visit a largely unchanged and
seldom seen interior space from Pieter’s World.
During the 1650s
Pieter Bronck was a brewer and tavern keeper, so two of the EXTRA special
events of the 2017 spring and summer season reflect this aspect of Pieter’s
World. On the evening of August 12th Pieter Bronck himself will step
out of history and journey to the Crossroads Brewery in nearby Athens
for a fundraiser, a portion of sales of Pieter’s Brew on that evening will benefit
the operations of the Greene County Historical Society’s Bronck Museum
and Vedder Research Library. On the following Saturday evening August 19th
Pieter will be at Home in a setting with which he was well acquainted, a mid
1600s tavern. Pieter’s 1663 dwelling will be transformed into a country tavern.
This EXTRA special event offers guests the rare opportunity to experience the
convivial sociability of an early country tavern.
And that not all! There will be more events in the Fall celebrating Pieter's 400th birthday. Check back here for more details as we get closer. For additional information about Bronck Museum
and all our special and EXTRA special events visit www.gchistory.org, or call (518)731-6490