In our May 2015 Newsletter we shared our hopes for rehabilitating the 1917 Palmer Indoor Tennis House for community use. A critical first step forward included securing funds to stabilize its roof which was severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. On August 4, our application for restoration funds was approved - JHC is proud to have been among 16 historic sites selected to receive an award. 

We are grateful to everyone in the community who helped support our application! THANK YOU!!

You recognize the famous Sargent painting but do you know the true love story behind it?



4:00pm FREE Talk at the 
1907 Van Norden Carriage House

Join us for a special non-fiction presentation by historical author Jean Zimmerman. Jean will immerse us in the lives of the great chronicler of New York City, Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, and his iconic wife, Edith Minturn. Learn about their friendship with the Jay family and their legendary Khakum Wood estate and walled gardens in Greenwich, CT. 

"In one of his most controversial paintings, John Singer Sargent captured the unconventionality of a young couple in simple street clothes that belie their wealthy Gilded Age roots. Zimmerman's unsentimental depiction of vibrant Edith Minturn Stokes (nicknamed "Fiercely" by her brother) and the cerebral but original architect Newton Stokes showcases the major episodes in the lives of the couple, whose stilted courtship led to lifelong marital devotion that lasted through success, fame, and eventual impoverishment" - Publisher's Weekly

Please RSVP to Barbara Specht, Assistant Program Manager at 
(914) 698-9275 or

**JHC Members are invited to our Annual Meeting and a reception with the author at the 1838 Jay Mansion following the public program 

Make JAY DAY your family's tradition 
this fall....
11:00am to 3:00pm
$40 per family (includes grandparents and caregivers) $10 per individual. FREE Parking.

Celebrate our shared American heritage and traditions. Highlights will include falconry by James Eyring of the Pace Environmental Center, pony rides, costumed tours, and vivid storytelling. 
The event is organized by JHC's Auxiliary, the Preservationists, a group of parents committed to the adaptive reuse of John Jay's landmark home as a community resource and learning center.

There'll be face-painting, music for the kids on the piazza by Graham Clarke and a farmers market - crisp autumn apples to munch on and ci der to sip, balloon twisters, music on the veranda, painting pumpkins and coring apples. The Jay Estate was once itself a working dairy farm with plentiful crops and gardens. And at the 1907 Carriage House adults interested in Women's History, Landscape Design and WWI can see our popular exhibit Mary Rutherfurd Jay - Garden Architect 

Enjoy the changing foliage and sit in our wicker rockers on the veranda to drink in the unequaled view of New York State's oldest man-managed meadow a vista famously dubbed "a time funnel" to the past.

Jay Day is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble weekend which celebrates American heritage in New York State. 

See more Jay Day memories captured on  Video at Rye TV  and on our 

In our next newsletter...Garden Restoration Plans at Jay Estate Continue To Take Shape with Landscape Architect Thomas L. Woltz

Did you notice how many of our programs are FREE?  
Help us provide more FREE educational programs for the public. 
Become a member or make a tax-deductible donation today! 

Jay Heritage Center  at the  Jay Estate
A National Historic Landmark
210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580

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