The sister city of Kinderhook in Columbia County is Buren in The
Read the Times Union article which gives historical information,
including some about Martin Van Buren (8th president of the U.S.) and
Here's the itinerary:
Tuesday, July 31: 9:30 a.m. Friendship tree dedication at the Dutch
Reformed Church Cemetery, Albany Avenue, Kinderhook.
Wednesday, Aug 1: 6 p.m. Burgemeester Jan de Boer's talk about Buren, a
historic and a contemporary perspective at Kinderhook Memorial Library,
18 Hudson St.
Renee Shur, Kinderhook economic development director and an organizer of
the visit, says listeners will learn what led Cornelis Maessen, the
third great-grandfather of Martin Van Buren, to leave Buren in 1631 and
journey to New Netherland, which stretched from the Delaware area to
Hartford, Conn., and north to Albany. De Boer will also provide insights
into life in 1600s Holland and speak about the Golden Age, the
Reformation and the history of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish.
De Boer is working on a biography of Maeesen, set to be completed by
2020, when Buren will commemorate the 625th anniversary of the town
acquiring municipal rights.
Saturday, Aug. 4: Dutch/American Friendship Day.
11 a.m. Flag presentation and raising of Buren flag in Kinderhook's
Village Square, Broad Street (Route 9) and Hudson Street during the
Kinderhook Farmers' Market.
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Where's Marty," a special scavenger hunt for
children taking place at locations around Kinderhook Village Square. A
collaboration between the village of Kinderhook and the Martin Van Buren
National Historic Site.
9 a.m. KinderhookWalks "Walking in the Footsteps of Martin Van Buren," a
one-hour walk and talk. Facebook.com/kinderhookwalks
. Meet at Kinderhook