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Historic Cherry Hill Welcomes Lavada Nahon to the 25th Annual Albany History Fair, “400 Years of Going Dutch!” published April 30, 2024

Historic Cherry Hill is pleased to welcome Lavada Nahon as a special speaker at the 25th Annual Albany History Fair, “400 Years of Going Dutch!” At 2:30 p.m., Ms. Nahon will discuss New World Dutch foodways, culinary traditions, and the art and labor of cooking. New Netherland began 400 years ago in 1624. What did they bring with them and how did they adapt? New Netherland—later New York—was controlled by the Dutch for 40 years…and their influence is with us every day.

Ms. Nahon is the Interpreter of African American history at the Bureau of Historic Sites within the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation; she is also a culinary historian focused on the 17th – 19th century mid-Atlantic region, with an emphasis on the work of enslaved cooks in the homes of the elite class. A generalist in 19th– and 20th-century African American history, she was the project lead on the new permanent exhibit at Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers. She has over 20 years of public history experience working with a variety of historic sites, societies, and museums across the tri-state region.

Lavada has developed educational programs, after-school programs, lectures, tours, period presentations, and historic dinners for sites ranging from the New York Historical Society, Albany Institute of History and Art, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Johnson Hall, and many more. She worked as a museum associate and educator for Historic Hudson Valley for 12 years at Van Cortlandt Manor and Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills and as a production coordinator for their special events team for 3 years. Her mission is to bring history to life by giving presence to the Africans and people of African descent enslaved and free in the landmass that was once New Netherland/New York in whatever way possible.