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Friday, September 18, 2009
No. 95

Dutch Prime Minister Celebrates Ny400 With A Visit To NYC’s Oldest Structure—brooklyn’s Wyckoff Farmhouse

DATE: Sunday, September 20th, 2009

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum/ 5816 Clarendon Road at Ralph Avenue/ East Flatbush/ BROOKLYN

EVENT & PHOTO-OP: Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Wyckoff Farmhouse Association Chairman E. Lisk Wyckoff will welcome Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to the Wyckoff Farmhousehis first stop upon his arrival in New York City. The visit will include a tour of the Dutch farmhouse, an unveiling of plans for the barn that will be raised at the site, colonial cooking activities and a song sang in Dutch by schoolchildren from P.S. 119.


In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage and NYC’s Dutch heritage, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende will be making his first visit to the Wyckoff Farmhouse. Built c. 1652, Wyckoff Farmhouse is New York City and New York State’s oldest historic structure and one of the country’s ten oldest structures. Plans will be unveiled for the 19th-century Wyckoff-Durling Barn Education Center that will be raised at the site—the first barn-raising in Brooklyn in more than 150 years. The Farmhouse will also be celebrating its annual Apple Festival with apple pressing, fresh apple cider and apple fritters, live music and more.

Also in attendance will be Consul General of the Netherlands in New York Hugo Gajus Scheltema, Dutch Ambassador to the U.S. Renée Jones, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol Historic House Trust Executive Director Franklin D. Vagnone, Wyckoff Farmhouse Association board members and Wyckoff descendents.

The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum is owned by NYC Parks & Recreation, operated by the Wyckoff House & Association, and is a member of the Historic House Trust.

CONTACT: Phil Abramson (Parks) (212) 360-1311, Abigail Lootens (Historic House Trust)(212) 360-8249

Related Press Release:
Dutch Prime Minister Visits NYC's Oldest Structure—Brooklyn's Wyckoff Farmhouse

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