Landmarks of New York
Jay Heritage Center
May 2013 Newsletter Volume 1
In This Issue
Architectural Photography in Focus
Historic Jay Gardens - Update




Jay Heritage Center

210 Boston Post Road 
Rye, NY 10580
(914) 698-9275

1907 Van Norden Carriage House/
Visitor Center Hours:
OPEN Tuesday - Friday Year Round
10am - 5pm

1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday Tours
2pm - 5pm 

June 2 through September 1
or by appointment

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Memorial Day 2013
NY State Senator George Latimer addresses the descendants of 37 Civil War veterans buried at the African American Cemetery in Rye
Dear Friends,

From the earliest days of our Founding, America's history has been shaped by brave patriots. In past and current wars, many gave their lives so that family, friends and even the countrymen they would never meet could enjoy the rewards of freedom. 

As we commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) of the Civil War, we also remember the Union veterans who recognized the need to pay tribute to their colleagues who had died in battle. The first official event known as "Decoration Day," so named after the cut flowers left at soldiers' resting sites, took place at Arlington Cemetery on May 30th, 1868; the observance soon expanded to encompass the contributions of all those who died in US conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Today we still lay flags and wreaths at the graves of our fallen, creating and preserving monuments that bear witness to the courage of these men and women. But more than plaques or ribbons, best remembered are the shining spirits and fearless mettle of the remarkable sons and daughters of our hometown who are no longer with us. 
Please join us and the entire City of Rye on the Village Green this Monday, May 27, 2013 at 9:45 am as we recall the sacrifices of the local heroes who served in our armed forces. The program has been organized by Rye's American Legion Post #128.

Suzanne Clary
President, Jay Heritage Center
"Landmarks of New York" Exhibit Opens  
Sunday, June 2nd at 3pm
Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Vice Chair of the NY State Council on the Arts to Speak at JHC Annual Meeting

Join us for a talk by noted preservationist Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein- Spielvogel and the opening of our first major photography exhibit. Enjoy a collection of 90 striking black and white photos documenting a select cross-section of New York City's best loved architectural treasures. Visitors will recognize the exterior silhouettes of iconic structures like the Little Red Lighthouse or Rockefeller Center but be equally intrigued by lesser known landmarks like the star studded interior of the Paradise Loews Theatre or the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, home to one of America's earliest female photographers. The buildings highlighted span more than 300 years from 1640 to 1967. 

The Landmarks of New York will be on display in our newly configured gallery space at the 1907 Carriage House through Labor Day. This exhibit was made possible with the support of the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Preservation League of New York State and the NY Historical Society with funding provided by JP Morgan Chase.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The program for the afternoon includes a brief Annual Meeting and election of new JHC trustees, Caroline Olmstead Wallach and Prof. Shelby Green. Dr. Diamonstein- Spielvogel, curator of the touring exhibit will then give a talk and sign copies of her book. Refreshments will follow. (Read more ...)

$350,000 in Funding Raised to Launch Restoration of Jay Estate Gardens
Garden "Classrooms" 
Will Represent Three Periods of Ownership
Since announcing the unanimous approval of its private-public partnership with New York State and Westchester County Parks in December 2012, the Jay Heritage Center has raised over $350,000 in funding towards a $750,000 goal for restoring 3 garden "rooms" at the Jay Estate. Totaling 1 and 1/2 acres of open space bounded by historic stone walls, the gardens will function as outdoor classrooms for adults and children; horticultural workshops and demonstrations as well as classical performances and rotating art installations are planned as well. (More news to follow in our June newsletter.)