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Thu 21 Feb
Scholars Lecture: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Thursday, February 21, 2019 06:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Elaine Weiss tells the gripping story of the climax of the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment, replete with heroism, skullduggery, and suspense, coordination and conflict with other reform movements, and leadership by individuals famous and less than famous. The book has been optioned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, to become a movie or limited series. 7:00pm lecture (registration and refreshments starting at 6:30pm), followed by a book signing. Reservations are recommended.
Fri 01 Mar
Thematic Tour: Women of the Jay Family
Friday, March 1, 2019 until Saturday, March 30, 2019 02:00 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Thursdays through Saturdays in March

Sarah, Nancy, Eleanor and the rest! Six generations of strong, educated women lived at John Jay’s Bedford House. Their stories shed light on the roles of women in upper class homes in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Regular admission fees. Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as space is limited – www.johnjayhomestead.org. 2:00pm | Location: Glass Porch of Bedford House | $10 adults; $7 seniors & students; Free for members and children under 12 Thursday, March 14 –

Registration: Required
Thu 14 Mar
No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation's Founding
Thursday, March 14, 2019 06:30 PM
John Jay Homestead State Historic Site
(914) 232-5651

Rather than presenting the Constitution as a cynical political bargain enshrining slavery in the new nation, Sean Wilentz argues that it actually restricted slavery’s legitimacy, and kept alive the eventual possibility of antislavery politics the national level. Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton, author of seven other books and co-author or editor of many more, and the winner of multiple prizes and awards, including the Bancroft and Pulitzer (finalist). He is also historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website. 7:00pm lecture (registration and refreshments starting at 6:30pm), followed by a book signing. Reservations are recommended – www.johnjayhomestead.org. $25; $20 for members. 6:30pm | Location: Ballroom | $25; $20 for members.
Registration: Optional