A Van Dyke Chronology


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1652 Thomasse Janse Van Dyke arrives in New Amsterdam from the Netherlands.
1856 John C. Van Dyke born on 21 April 1856, at Green Oaks, a mansion in the idyllic countryside near New Brunswick, New Jersey.
1868 Van Dyke's father moves the family to a Minnesota just emerging from the pioneer stage.
1876- 77 John C. returns East, attends Columbia Law School, and is admitted to the bar.
1878 Settles permanently in hometown New Brunswick. Becomes assistant librarian at the Gardner A. Sage Library of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In the following years makes frequent commutes to nearby New York City, where he is involved in the world of art.
1883(?) First of many trips to Europe initiates Van Dyke's world travels in pursuit of art and natural beauty.
1886 Appointment as head librarian at the Sage begins the consolidation of his career.
1889 Starts lecturing on art at Rutgers College, across the street from the Seminary.
1891 Appointed first professor of the history of art at Rutgers, a position he holds concurrently with his directorship of the Sage.
1893 Art for Art's Sake.
1898 Nature for Its Own Sake, the first of his ‘‘Natural Appearances’’ volumes. The series will include separate works on the beauty of the desert, sea, mountains, and other natural features.
1899(?)- 1901 Several trips through the Southwest and Mexico.
1901 The Desert becomes the first book devoted to praising the beauty of America's arid expanses.
1908 Elected member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City.
1911- 24 Serves on the New Jersey State Board of Education.
1914 While touring Europe, narrowly escapes the German advance at the outbreak of World War I.
1915 The Raritan, a poetic history of the Van Dyke family.
1916 The Mountain.
1920 The Grand Canyon. Edits the Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie.
1922 The Open Spaces offers tall tales representing Van Dyke's life in the outdoors.
1923 Rembrandt and His School causes uproar in the art world.
1926 The Meadows, Van Dyke's praise of the gentle countryside surrounding hometown New Brunswick.
1931 In Egypt. Completes his Autobiography.
1932 In the West Indies, his final book. Dies on 5 December 1932, at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City at the age of seventy-six, of cancer, following an operation.

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