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Pulitzer Finalist George Packer to Speak at JHC Virtual Event

As a staff writer for the New Yorker, George Packer won the National Book Award for his 2013 book, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” which describes the unraveling of our social contract.

He’s a wonderfully fluent writer and his new book, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” was recently named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. Join him on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m., for our virtual book talk. Register here.

Jay for Kids

Nature and History Activities for Families

Our first “Jay for Kids” newsletter is out! From learning how to identify birds with the Merlin app, to finding out what grows in your garden with author Anne Mottola, to collecting flora and fauna in your own backyard with Meadow Bingo, to proven book recommendations from elementary and middle school teachers, we’ve got lots of family activities for indoors and outdoors. Thank you to our board members for their suggestions. Read more here.

May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Past, Present & Future

Today we are missing our fallen heroes as well as the community gatherings to honor their sacrifices. We may be more distant from each other than we might wish to be but with patience and perseverance, we will rise up even stronger and more resilient for the future.

In the meantime, let’s look back at the past decade – we’ve been proud to be part of flag and wreath laying ceremonies – on the Town Green of the City of Rye, at Rye‘s African American Cemetery and more recently at the historic Jay Cemetery. And starting in 2014, JHC’s horse drawn carriage became a family attraction. Here are a few photos from the last few years. And for a history of Rye’s own observances of Decoration Day, watch this video courtesy of Rye TV.


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