Gysbert’s Inventory: A Reflection of 1665 Dutch Life

Date(s) - 07/18/2019
9:00 am



The legacy of the Dutch settlers of Wiltwyck lives on at the Matthewis Persen House. The house sits on Kingston’s historic “four corners” and was originally owned by Gysbert Van Imbroch. An inventory listing Gysbert’s possessions at the time of his death in 1665 is brought to life through illustrations of clothing, kitchen items, and other articles used in 17th century daily life. The inventory also depicts items Gysbert used in his profession as a barber-surgeon as well as his book collection, one of the largest book collections in the New World. Step back in time with Gysbert’s Inventory. This exhibit was made possible through a grant awarded to the Ulster County Clerk’s Office from the New York State Archives.

The Matthewis Persen House is one of Ulster County’s oldest, most significant buildings. Named after its longest residing owner, Matthewis Persen (1739-1819), the House is located within Kingston’s Stockade National Historic District. Its earliest portions date from c. 1661 and it is one of four landmark buildings on each corner of John and Crown Streets. Each house at this intersection pre-dates the Revolutionary War.

The Matthewis Persen House is open May 25 – August 31: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm & Saturdays 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.



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