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Sun 22 Sep
Jay Day!
Sunday, September 22, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Hudson River Valley Ramble

The #HudsonRiverValleyRamble & JAY DAY are coming up soon! Don’t miss the sights and tastes of autumn in New York while helping us transform the Jay Estate into a 23-acre educational park. Returning highlights from last year will include live music from The Yale Spizzwinks, Yale Spizzwinks Alumni Association and exquisite hand cut Sweet-Silhouette by Varin. New this year, purchase beautiful hand painted canvases from local artist Holly Meeker Rom. As always, enjoy strolling through our farmers market and take a historical house tour.

11:00am – 3:00pm | Location: Jay Estate|$40 Per Family; $15 Individual | For further information:

Fri 27 Sep
The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin: Presentation & Book-Signing
Friday, September 27, 2019 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Join us for a gorgeous visual presentation combining historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature, Marimekko-like portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors—whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green—and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Her writing and art focused on seaweeds, kelp, and sea otter put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. As a fine artist, Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums, and she has designed a line of luxury scarves and shower curtains.

6:00pm – 7:30pm | Location: 1907 Carriage House|FREE Admission for JHC Members; $15 General Admission | For further information:

Sat 28 Sep
African American History in Westchester Cemetery Tour, Exhibit & Reception
Saturday, September 28, 2019 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

Pursuant to the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, The African American History in Westchester Commemoration Committee (#AAHW400) and the African American Advisory Board of Westchester County will host a tour of the Rye African American Cemetery together with the Friends of the African American Cemetery, Westchester County Historical Society and Jay Heritage Center. Hear the narratives of real families, watch demonstrations of monument cleaning and learn about the preservation of this historic property. Following docent led tours, visitors will be welcomed to a free Photo Exhibit and Reception at the Jay Heritage Center's 1907 Carriage House.

More info to follow with updates on the official #AAHW Facebook Page

Learn more about the 13 sites on Westchester County's African American Heritage Trail here.

11:00am – 3:00pm | Location: 1907 Carriage House|FREE

Sun 29 Sep
Tours of the 1838 Jay Mansion
Sunday, September 29, 2019 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Jay Heritage Center
(914) 698-9275

FREE for Students, Educators and JHC Members;

$10 Suggested General Admission

For further information:

The Jay Estate in Rye is where one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Jay (1745-1829) grew up as a young man. He returned here throughout his life including to celebrate the landmark Treaty of Paris with family and friends. This sylvan and historic 23-acre oasis, once part of an expansive 400-acre farm, still boasts a magnificent 10,000-year-old view to Long Island Sound.

Join us for a docent led tour of this landmark place on New York State’s Path Through History and see the crucible where the character of a patriot was forged. Jay served his country in every branch of government - as a spymaster during the Revolutionary War; as a diplomat and Minister to Spain; as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris and the Jay Treaty; as an architect of our state’s constitution; as an author of the Federalist Papers; as our first United States Chief Justice; as Governor of New York State; and as an anti-slavery advocate who founded the New York Society for the Manumission of Slaves and signed the Gradual Emancipation Act into law. Jay’s accomplishments are many and his legacy to future generations is immeasurable. But so too are the legacies of all the men and women who lived or worked here and left their imprints on this very same quintessentially American landscape.