Bradt Family Society holding Fifth Quinquennial Family Reunion at the Desmond July 18 – 22
The Bradt Family Society will be holding its Fifth Quinquennial Family Reunion at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, New York July 18th – July 22nd. During the reunion, the Bradt’s will be celebrating 375 years of surviving in the America’s since their ancestors, brother’s Albert and Arent Andriessen Bradt, arrived in Rensselaerswyck in 1637.
Over the generations the Bradt Family has become intertwined into the fabric of Albany proper through marriage, enterprise, war and peace. Besides being active in the early fur trade, the Bradt Family was better known for operating the first commercially successful sawmill on the Normans Kill, as well as cultivating some of the first tobacco crops in New Netherlands.
The theme for this reunion is “Early Contact”, what the family experienced as they landed in the new world and how they succeeded in creating a new life for themselves as they helped to build a great new city on the Hudson.
In addition to celebrating their family bonds, The Bradt’s will be touring local historical sites, and hearing from a number of speakers on topics of historical interest. Guest speakers include Mr. Torbjorn (Toby) Greipsland of Norway, author of “Norwegian Pioneers”, in which Toby discusses Albert and Arent Bradt’s travels to the new world and Mr. Len Tantillo, Artist and Author of “The Edge of New Netherland”, which includes a brief essay on Albert Bradt and his sawmilling activities which supported the building of New Netherlands.