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October 19th, 7-11pm

Nieuw Amsterdam Soirée

Tickets include Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing at the Jay Mansion from 7 – 11pm and start at $275. On sale now!

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 Hank Lane’s band Octane! Catered by Scarborough Fair.

Lead Sponsors HeinekenLucas Bols USAVan Moof BikesBeemster Cheeseand Voorn Croquettes. One lucky guest will go home with a super Dutch Van Moof bike! Festive cocktail attire – anything you can dance in! From pants to dresses to blazers paired with jeans.

Thank you to our Co-Chairs for this event and their amazing committee: Tracy & Luke Edwards, Inga & Ben Mao, Emily Kindler Tisdale & Bobby Tisdale, Christy & George Schultze, Joan & Will Steere Marie-Anne & Joris van Roijen

For more information or to request a print invitation by mail contact Kevin Peraino at or (914) 698-9275. Sponsorship opportunities still available.


Photo Exhibit Now Open Through October 31st

Preserving African American Heritage

Over 130 people attended the launch of Preserving Westchester’s African-American Heritage: Engaging Youth & Community invited by County Executive George Latimer, Westchester County African-American Advisory Board, African-American History in Westchester Commemoration Committee (AAHW400), Jay Heritage Center, Friends of the African American Cemetery, Inc. and the Westchester County Historical Society. Read more and see photos of the day here

Now you can also view historic late 19th and early 20th century photos and artifacts shared by descendants of those interred and recently honored at the Rye African-American Cemetery. See the exhibit at the  Jay Estate, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye. Admission to the exhibit is FREE. Join us at the 1907 Carriage House on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm and Sundays between 2 and 5pm. Thank you to Con Edison for their generous funding of this collaborative endeavour.

Iselin Immerses Audience in the Beauty and Fragility of the Oceans

Author and artist Josie Iselin’s presentation on Friday, September 27th was sheer joy! Iselin immersed her audience in the visually rapturous red and green hues of the Pacific and Atlantic’s kelp forests while also sounding the alarm about the fragility of our aquatic wildlife webs. Images from her new book, The Curious World of Seaweed brought the past and present together brilliantly.

Her visit was made all the more meaningful with several members of her family present. The Iselins are an exceptionally accomplished and civic minded branch of the Jay family. We owe Josie’s father the late John Jay Iselin immeasurable gratitude for his role in helping to preserve the Jay Estate. Read more here


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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 – Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 4:00pm. Please note that the completion date for repair work has been extended to April 30, 2020. No pre-bid meeting/walkthrough is scheduled. Contractors who have not visited the site in the last 6 months may make appointments by emailing Suzanne Clary at Bids from contractors that have not visited the site will be rejected.

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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