Newsletter May 1, 2006
Greetings to all, hope everyone weathered thru the recent severe
storms ok, the rain was very much welcome but not the rest. Old
Shadow was doing her “stuck like glue” routine she
does not like storms at all! The gauge read 3.4 inches but I’m
sure it missed some as part of that rain was coming down horizontally.
It sure has been an odd Spring, 44 degrees earlier in the week,
96 degrees just six days before that. Luckily I haven’t done
much with the garden yet, did get it tilled up week before last.
It was so dry I only saw two earthworms and both were carrying
WHAT’S GOING ON, please check the enclosed fliers and site
map for the fine doins at the Cadron Blockhouse later in the month.
The braintan seminar for there has been postponed till the Fall,
cooler weather to work them hides. Need to confirm these dates
but believe Bryant’s treerat weekend will be September 22-24
at the Madison county WMA. Seeing I’ll be that close probably
have to stop in at my favorite gun makers and lunch at the bean
WHAT’S NEW, welcome back Mike Piper, Mike renewed his membership
at the Gathering, it was great to visit and get caught up on things.
Greetings and special welcome to new member, Mr. Marvin Woody who
made the trek with Mike, look forward to seeing more of you both
on the trail.
Madam VP has asked all the state reps and governors to relay information
regarding the 06-07 membership drive. I will attempt to use some
of my new found electronic skills to retrieve it from the message
boards and get it posted somehow in the newsletter, don’t
hold your breath!
WHAT’S OLD, the National Gathering 06 is gone but never forgotten.
Every year we get a little bigger and better. Many Thanks to Steve
and the entire Ft Osage site staff, they treated us like family
as always. The CoHT made a very wise choice in voting Ft Osage
as the permanent Gathering site.
Special Thanks to Mr. Bob Dorian for yet another excellent seminar,
this year Bob spoke on the Santa Fe Trade era with his usual host
of wonderful displays and books. Many Thanks to all the members
that volunteered to host seminars and demonstrations apologize
if I leave anyone out.
Dick, Pete, Tom, Rooster, Dan, Swanny, Wart, Ed, Veronica, Kathy
and Karen. Thanks to everyone who helped out the public visitors,
I believe we made a very favorable impression on many.
This year an overnight Missouri river canoe trek was added. I heard
everyone enjoyed it so much it will now be a regular part of the
Being just a week ago it might be a bit before the Eboard members
get their particular reports finalized and posted, I will forward
that info as available.
The SCT renewal/new app program was a little late to implement
and a little confusing, hope to get the bugs worked out by 07.
I believe it ended up with eleven names in the drawing, Tracy Smith
was the lucky winner with his money back and a huge box of delicious
cookies.(special hugs for the Wiese girls help)
The auction, well it was one of those “you had to be there” kind
of events. If you don’t like to laugh don’t show up
is all I can say! Mr. Underwood and I got into our usual bidding
war fun, Miss Becky and others jumped in there also. Afterwards
Dick jokingly accused me of coaching some of them.
The memory and laughter of a lifetime was Swanny auctioning off
a pint of pickled peppers, wish I had that one on tape. He didn’t
falter till the very end and that was due to lack of oxygen!
Moon’s preliminary auction report was over 2,800 dollars,
WOW. Thank You just isn’t enough for all those that donated
items and participated.
Ft Osage National Gathering 07 is already under way. Swanny has
asked for a planning and logistics committee to be chaired by Tater.
There have already been several good ideas presented to help improve
ADVERTISEMENT, Kristopher has two green size XL capotes for sale,
pretty sure one is made from a Whitney. Finally got a look see
at Mr. Javine’s 1717 LeRoi, pretty sweet, especially for
F&I and earlier personas. Don’t forget about the up coming
Market Faire at Cadron, could be a very good turn out, at least
no one will go hungry.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITES, received word from several members and friends
that have bagged nice turkeys. I had an extremely good chance at
a short bearded young tom, don’t think he was the sharpest
of birds, just stood there for quite some time trying to figure
out what that big blob was sitting under a tree. Hope he doesn’t
get any smarter with age.
Word has it the edible mushrooms have received some moisture and
waiting for the Sun to return, this is from a gentleman that can
find them blindfolded in the dark.
Don’t forget that the deadline for the ODWC permit hunts
is May 5th, good luck to those applying.
BOOK REVIEW, Thanks to Judith Clarke with an E for forwarding a
review for this edition, believe me, if Judith says it’s
a good book then it’s a good book.
I picked up a couple new books at Ft Osage and several good titles
from Mr. Dorian to head to the bookstore with.
In closing it seems I used Thank You numerous times in this edition,
yes every one is most hearted sincere. What a diverse, enjoyable
and down right fun group of folks we have in the CoHT!
Until the post rider reaches you again, laugh a lot and Take Care,
Though they may not have "worked" too well in the past,
we've decided to hold a membership drive for this next year and
make it worth your while by awarding prizes for the largest number
of new memberships.
A new line has been added to our membership applications - a temporary
one can be found at http://www.coht.org/app.jpg I'd like you to
use this one AT LEAST UNTIL the app in the normal online area can
be changed. This one can be printed out quite easily and given
to prospective members to send in.
PLEASE REMEMBER - in order to have your referrals counted, the "Referred
by" line MUST be sent in.
Credit for a membership will be given and recorded by our membership
director, Jim "Wart" Perkins for each PAID membership
sent in with the “Referred by” section filled in.
Dates of the membership drive will be from April 1, 2006 to March
31, 2007. Prizes will be awarded at the 2007 National Gathering.
You won't need to be in attendance to win, though perhaps it will
encourage you to show up in order to get it sooner. *grin*
Prizes are as follows:
For first place (minimum 15 memberships) - .45 caplock (I'll get
details, maybe photos for you as soon as I can.)
For second place (minimum 12 memberships) – steel brazier
For third place (minimum 10 memberships) – hand sewn linen
For fourth place (minimum 6 memberships) – 1 year CoHT membership
For fifth place (minimum 3 memberships) – 6 month CoHT membership
It's important that all prizes be awarded. Though I hate to reward
for mediocre performance, however if our goals aren’t met,
then the prizes will be awarded to those members with the largest
# of memberships referred.
Prizes (except for the free memberships) have been donated by
members of the CoHT who wish to remain anonymous.
Thank you my friends, and good luck!
Shorto, Russell. The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic
Story of Dutch Manhattan & the Forgotten Colony That Shaped
America . New York : Doubleday, 2004.
Among the many truths that govern what we know of the past is “History
is written by the winners.” That has been especially true
of the history of this country in regard to the early Colonial
period. Add to this the difficulty of a constantly changing language,
and you have the “forgotten colony” of New Netherland
Russell Shorto has written an excellent factual history that
is laced with witty observations on the early days of New Netherland,
especially the village of New Amsterdam and the varied characters
who made up its population. Most of us grew up hearing about Manhattan
being purchased for $24 by Peter Minuit and about peg-legged Governor
Peter Stuyvesant who gave the colony to the English. The truth
is much more interesting than the caricatures that we learned in
school, reinforced by Washington Irving’s comic Knickerbockers
of later years. Manhattan was purchased with trade goods close
to the value of the prices other Dutchmen paid for similar tracts
of land. Stuyvesant surrendered the colony because he had no support
from the colonists, who had been grossly neglected by the Dutch
West India Company, who held title to it and treated it as a trading
post, not as a settlement. New Amsterdam was the trading center
of North America from its beginning, but grew into a real settlement,
much more than a trading post. Why have we not learned this before?
Shorto quips, “The Pilgrims’ story was simpler, less
messy and had fewer pirates and prostitutes to explain away.”
Many of the records detailing the governing of New Netherland by
the West India Company were sold for scrap in 1820, but some records
survived, both in New York and in England . Those held by the New
York State Library are still being translated and give much more
information on the great influence the Dutch had on the land that
became the United States . Part of the story Shorto tells is the
story of the survival of these records.
New Amsterdam was a rowdy village, many of whose buildings were
devoted to the sale and consumption of alcohol. Its residents came
from all over the world and spoke in their native tongues. Many
English religious dissidents fled to New Netherland from New England
, which was extremely repressive and intolerant under the Pilgrims.
(The famed Dutch religious tolerance was more forbearance than
acceptance. They had learned that forcing people to follow the “true” word
of God caused social unrest and was bad for business. And, after
all, the Dutch were very interested in business and money-making.)
A good portion of the book deals with the relations between Peter
Stuyvesant and Adriaen Van der Donck and their conflict over the
governance of New Amsterdam . Van der Donck was a lawyer trained
in Leiden during the time that Rene Descartes and Hugo Grotius
were there. He believed in the freedoms they espoused and worked
to obtain a charter that gave the residents of the colony the same
rights and freedoms held by the residents of the City of Amsterdam
itself. When the English took over, they left the Dutch institutions
intact and granted the colony “Articles of Capitulation” which
stated that the New Amsterdam, now New York , colonists would enjoy “liberty
of their Consciences.” None of the other English colonies
had that guarantee. Following this precedent, the New York State
Legislature decided not to ratify the United States Constitution
in 1787 unless “a bill of specific individual rights were
attached to it.” It can be said that New Netherland was
partly responsible for the Bill of Rights.
This is an enjoyable, informative book and sheds some very long
overdue light on the Forgotten Colony. I recommend it highly.