I opted out of wearing the black fall this year.
In 2009 – The 400 Year Anniversary Henry Hudson Set Sail from Amsterdam & the 750th Anniversary of Amersfoort, NL
Representatives from Amersfoort Netherlands contacted the Amersfort School of Social Awareness earlier this year to ask if we were interested in collaborating on a cultural exchange with the schools in the Amersfoort District in the Netherlands. Since our school had just become a Magnet School for Global & Ethical Studies and our $100,000 technology grant just came through, we were thrilled. We have met with the ANYtime-US-NL committee and have plans for our schools to collaborate on blog projects over this academic year culminating in a Cultural Fair in June 2009 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the founding of Amersfoort, NL and the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s voyage to the New World from Amsterdam.
Last week, Koen Steenbergen & Sabine van Erkel came to visit our school and kicked off a cookie contest that was happening concurrently in the Netherlands. We talked about our historical connection with the Netherlands here in New York and Brooklyn and our future connection with “the two Amersforts.” With community support and careful planning, we could see a carnival-style celebration of the Hudson & Amersfoort Anniversaries right here in Avenue J’s Amersfort Park. (download PDF of ANYtime’s plans)
Yet again, the Internet has brought us a little closer in this every-shrinking world. A Google search turned up our school and the Amersfoort group contacted us through my Board of Ed e-mail account. To the Amerfoort group’s surprise, I speak Dutch (and lived in Amsterdam as a child) and my colleague Jenny Hobson, has a Dutch connection through her boyfriend. Jenny went to Amersfoort earlier in the year to visit their school and brought back letters and drawings that were bound into a picture book made by their students.
In response to my Horse Town to Motor City posting Mr. Åhman commented:
My grandmother had an aunt married to Cunningham in “Carlton & Cunningham” livery stables on 427 – 429 on, East 39th street in New York. Maybe! She lived at 218 East 39th street. But the address to the livery stables is not sure, only the number. She was there in 1909 to 1912. The phone number was 3648 38th. Anyone has any idea to where the livery stable was situated? Is a guess on East 38th street based on the phone number reasonable?
I then wrote: I tried a limited Google search and came up with nothing. Your phone number theory sounds plausible. Perhaps someone who frequents this blog may be of help. Best of luck in you search and I will keep you posted if I find out anything else. Mr. Åhman e-mailed me that he had a vintage photo of the storefront and I told him I would post it with the hope that someone might recognize the street. He then replied:
Hi! Thank you for publishing the photo. When you publish it, could you please give the e-mail address as lars.ahman(at)privat.utfors.se, but in some way so spam-search engines can not use the address automatically? As I tried to do.
When I was in New York 10 years ago exactly, I went to the wrong location because I thought I knew the right address, but I screwed up. Maybe.
I look forward to see if someone answers.
Or as they, that is we, in Sweden say: Ha det bra!
If any of our readers can help us track down the exact street address and location, it would be greatly appreciated by Mr. Åhman.