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Welcome to OFA Vice President - Irving "Skip" Ostrander. Skip joined the OFA Board during the 350th Reunion celebrated in 2011 in Kingston, NY. He is OFA member 247, a member of the Vermont Genealogical Society and the Western Mass Genealogical Society. Skip has recently connected himself to the Willem line - Ostrander book, ID 20277 was unconnected and now is connected to BB id 5, id 3497, BB id 3506, BB id 3571, BB id 20247, BB id 20248, BB id 20253, BB id 20277. Skip traces his mother's side (Malo) directly back to Quebec, Canada.

Welcome to OFA Research Historian - Kent De Geer. Kent will focus on researching and writing about 17th and 18th century generations, places and events. Kent has published numerous articles in the OFA Journals and compiled and published the articles on the Verified Account of the First Two Generations of the Ostrander Family in America amongst others that have corrected and updated information to the 1995 publication of the Ostrander Family Heritage Book ('Big Book').

Membership Renewal Period: Due July 1, 2013 for OFA Membership Year - July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. A perforated Membership Renewal Form is included annually in the April Ostrander Family Journal with prefilled membership information. If you have any updates to this information, please provide as well to OFA Secretary, Melva L. Taylor.

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The 2009 Annual Board of Directors Meeting
Members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Roseanne Ostrander at President@ostrander.org. For those that arrive on Friday, September 11th, an informal dinner gathering will be planned.

Date: Saturday, September 12th
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm, 3:00pm - 5:00pm.
Location: SpringHill Suites Tarrytown Greenburgh
480 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591 USA
Phone: 1-914-366-4600

7/14/09 - 2009 Western NY & Pennsylvania Ostrander Reunion. See Activities Page link for details.

7/1/09 - Going Dutch: The 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's Discovery. Upcoming Quadricentennial events in New York's Hudson River Valley described in a wonderful article by Evelyn Kanter in the July 2009 edition of New York Car & Travel.

The largest quadricentennial exhibition, at the Museum of the City of New York, includes books on loan from the National Library of the Netherlands. One, a 1656 edition by Adriaen van der Donck, describes the region in detail and contains a map of the entire length of the Mar Nort - not yet renamed the Hudson River. This exhibit is open until Sept. 27th.

Another Hudson exhibit of rare maps and documents opens at the South Street Seaport. This includes the earliest document mentioning the legendary $24 purchase of Manhattan. The so-called Schaghen letter, from 1626, is on loan from Holland's National Archives.

A full-size replica of the half Moon (the ship Henry Hudson sailed) was built in 1989 in Albany. The sailing ship is on display at the New Netherland Museum in Albany when it isn't visiting ports as far away as Lake Michigan and North Carolina. The ship is an accurate replica, except for the diesel engine and modern GPS navigational aids.

On July 25 and 26, the Half Moon will be docked at the city of Hudson, the only municipality on the Hudson River named for the navigator. In late August, the Half Moon will set sail for a weekend of public tours alongside Staten island; in early Sept., she is the star of the annual Peekskill Celebration at Charles Point park , and then she'll take part in the NYC Harbor Day weekend before going on to Albany. Each year on the anniversary of Henry Hudson's arrival in the state capital on Sept. 19th, the people of Albany celebrate with two weeks of tours and exhibits at the Hudson River Waterfront. A flotilla of distinctive flat-bottom Dutch fishing boats and barges will be sailing up and down the Hudson River for two weeks in Sept., taking part in sailing races and offering tours. These boats are the direct descendents of the sailing ships that served the Dutch coastline in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the first ships built in New Amsterdam.

Also of interest are exhibits looking at Dutch influence and culture in the Hudson Valley at specific times: The half Moon's arrival in 1609; under English rule circa 1709, Washington Irving's stories of Dutch heritage in 1809; celebrations of a common Dutch past in 1909, and a debate over what all these historical celebrations mean to us in 2009. This will be going on through January 10th.

Quiz: What happened to Henry Hudson after he claimed his namesake New York region?

Answer: Nobody knows for sure. On his next journey, in 1611, to what is now the Hudson Bay in Canada, his crew mutinied. They wanted to go home; he wanted to continue exploring. Hudson, it is thought, was set adrift in a lifeboat along with his son and eight loyal crewmen.