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Committee to Commemorate African American History in Westchester Announced

Jay Heritage Center Partners with African American Advisory Board

Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced  the creation of the African-American History in Westchester Commemoration Committee, supervised by the Westchester County African-American Advisory Board under the leadership of Chairperson Barbara Edwards Esq.. Through a series of public events and initiatives, the AAHW400 Committee will highlight the strength of African-Americans through the period of slavery while acknowledging the impact of slavery and the effect systemic racism has had on African-American communities.

Read the full press release here.

Save the date for Tours of Rye’s historic African-American Cemetery followed by a Reception for “Preserving Westchester’s African-American Heritage: Engaging Youth & Community” co-sponsored by the Jay Heritage Center, The Westchester Historical Society, the Friends of the Rye African-American Cemetery, St. Frances AME Zion Church and the Rye-Port Chester NAACP. September 28 from 11am to 3pm. FREE and Open to the Public. More info to come.

News & Upcoming Events

September 19, 2019

Learning from Bedford

Let’s Go Native! Help us Create a Biodiverse, Resilient, Beautiful Westchester. Join us for this FREE talk, part of the PLAN it WILD Speaker Series 2019. Co-Sponsored by Jay Heritage Center

Bedford 2020 was founded in 2010 and named for a very clear objective: “Reducing Bedford, New York’s carbon emissions 20% by 2020 and preserving our natural resources.” Midge Kyle Iorio, Executive Director of Bedford 2020 will present on the petri-dish of Bedford, its role as a testing ground for community climate strategies that can be replicated, and sharing what they’ve learned on reducing their carbon footprint 1 year short of 2020. Learn More Here

September 22, 11am-3pm

Get Ready to Ramble with JAY DAY!

JAY DAY is just 9 days away! And we are ectstatic to be welcoming back Hervé Tullet, the author of more than 80 books including the iconic “Press Here” and an artist of playful and uninhibited creations. Tullet will invite young and old to unleash their creativity in our meadow again to create our very own unique and Ideal Exhibition! Don’t miss the chance to be part of this exceptional experience. Tullet was recently profiled in the New York Times Read more here

There will be so much to do! Don’t miss live music from The Yale Spizzwinks(?) delicious bites from Scarborough Fair Catering  and Meltmobile, antique prints from Circle 7 Framing and hand cut Sweet-Silhouettes by Varin. Purchase canvases from local artist Holly Meeker Rom and keepsakes by Hometown Love. Stroll through our farmers market and take a historical house tour. Pony rides, facepainting and gardening activities are a must! See the growing list of activities and offerings here

Thank you to Drink Reed’s and Drink Virgil’s Natural Sodas for providing FREE beverages! Thank you to Con Edison volunteers for making this event successful every year.  Admission is $40 per Family; $15 Individual. Be a Jay Day Gold Supporter and get a private tour of the historic 1907 Clocktower! Avoid the lines!! Buy advance tickets to Jay Day here.


October 19 7-11pm

Nieuw Amsterdam Soirée

Join us for a sparkling evening celebrating New York’s rich Dutch history with authentic Dutch tastes and treats! Dinner and dancing at the Jay Mansion with live music from Octane!

Thank you to our Co- Chairs for this event and their amazing committee!

Tracy & Luke Edwards
Inga & Ben Mao
Marie-Anne & Joris van Roijen
Christy & George Schultze
Joan & Will Steere
Emily Kindler Tisdale & Bobby Tisdale

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Contractors' Section

CDs 100% for Historic Jay Gardens and Palmer Tennis House

NBWLA Specs & Plans for Historic Jay Gardens

Preservation of the gardens and the meadow are of paramount concern as the grassland birds that have historically relied upon this habitat are an increasingly threatened and diminishing group. We are pleased to be working with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects and Larry Weaner Design Associates on these renewal projects approved by the New York State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO).

Dropbox links for qualified bidders can be accessed here:

Approved Specifications by NBWLA for Historic Jay Gardens

Approved Plans by NBWLA 100% C & D

Geotechnical Report by Langan Engineering, Environmental Surveying

Soil Testing Results by Turf Diagnostics


Stephen Tilly Architects Specs and Plans for 1917 Palmer Tennis House

NEW BID DEADLINE – September 27, 2019 at 4:00pm; Mandatory Walk Through on Monday, September 9 at 10am. Please note that the completion date for repair work has been extended to April 2020.

Notice to Bidders

The 1917 Palmer Tennis House is believed to be the third oldest indoor facility of its kind in the country and carries both architectural and historical importance. in 2015, a grant of $391,056 in Federal Superstorm Sandy funds was secured by Congressman Eliot Engel and awarded to JHC for purposes of rehabilitating the structure for community use and youth clinics. Once preserved, the tennis house can be a community location to teach children the sport of tennis in a historic setting.  JHC is seeking private and corporate donors to complete the restoration of this facility.

Dropbox links for qualified bidders can be accessed here:

Approved CD-100% by Stephen Tilly Architects for Structural Stabilization and Roof Repair of 1917 Palmer Tennis House

Palmer Tennis Specs Part 1 

Palmer Tennis Specs Part 2

AIA Sample Contracts 

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