The Jay Heritage Center
at the Jay Estate
Celebrating 25 Years of Stewardship!

October 2017 Newsletter

Photos: National Historic Landmark District - Boston Post Road Historic District Designated by the National Park Service 1993

Due to rain, "Moonlight Over the Mansion" with Astronomer Jason Kendall has been rescheduled for November 12. Tickets purchased for the October 8 event can be re-used or refunded. Admission is $40 per Family and $15 per Person. Join us for light bites, music and stargazing. We'll supply the plaid picnic blankets, telescopes and beverages! Register here.
Thank you to everyone for their incredible generosity! Individual Tickets for the Jay Soiree are no longer available at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

To add your name to a Wait List, please email [email protected] and you will be notified if we have any cancellations. We are so very grateful for this outpouring of support and we are working very hard to accommodate more people for this special occasion. Community enthusiasm has been tremendous!!

Leadership Gifts and Underwriting Sponsorships are still welcome. Call (914) 698-9275 for
further info.
High School Volunteers Make a Big Difference - What They Do for JHC

You've seen them in force helping at Jay Day but our high school volunteers are invaluable all year long!

Bronxville High Senior Sean Curran has created finding aids for future researchers and regularly leads Sunday tours at the Jay Mansion; Fordham Prep's Chris Parker led an archaeological investigation as an Eagle Scout project this summer; Fordham Prep sophomore Will Thurman beautified trails at I Love My Park Day and is researching world monuments captured in a 1926 photo album; and Horace Mann Senior Zarina Iman is a docent, transcribing 19th century Jay family letters and drafting press releases. Not pictured - Edgemont Senior Will Funk is starting to map invasive species at the Jay Estate and will be guest curating some of our Social Media accounts.
Magnanimous Gift of Pierrepont Family Papers & Antiques Donated to Jay Heritage Center
John Jay's granddaughter Anna Maria Jay was the head of the Jay family home in Rye after her mother's untimely death in 1838. In 1841 she married Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, a descendant of James Pierpont, a founder of Yale College, and moved to a new home in Brooklyn.
According to inventories, the Pierrepont Mansion where Anna and Henry lived housed many treasurers from the Jay estate in Rye. Several have now found their way back home thanks to the generosity of Anna Maria's descendants and will be on view beginning October 21.
JHC News
Public - Private Partnerships Work!

September 2017: EPF
Grant Contracts & Preservation Covenant for Historic Gardens & 1917 Tennis House Get State & County Approval - Work Moves Forward
3 FREE Public Programs Offered in 3 Weeks and there are more on the way!
Here's a quick recap....
September 10 - David Thomas, Founder of the Friends of Rye's African American Cemetery Genealogical research shared by two sites on Westchester County's African American Heritage Trail has yielded new facts about the freed descendants of enslaved people in Rye including their occupations, land holdings and military service.For example, Caesar Valentine, a man enslaved and freed by the Jay family may be related to the Purdy families of Rye and Harrison. Find out more

September 22 - Author and SAIL Magazine Cruising Editor Charlie Doane   What sparks a lifelong love of the water? Is it nature or nurture? Or a yearning for autonomy that is satisfied by a full sail and a luring current? Charlie read pages from his newest book “The Sea is Not Full” to a well provisioned crowd of sailors aged 7th grade to 70 years Read more here

October 1- Rye Historian Paul Hicks  and  Frank Sanchis, US Programs Director for the World Monuments Fund  An engaged and vocal audience turned out for a panel discussion of the Boston Post Road Historic District - Westchester's  only  National Historic Landmark District. Topics centered around local and global precedents for safeguarding open space and protecting landmarks from development and "political will." Learn more here

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