The Jay Estate in Rye was the home of one of our nation's greatest peacemakers, John Jay...

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What Hamilton Missed

Two New Yorkers, one Black and the other white. Neither of them was wealthy or well-connected. But together they helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War, thwarting the infamous Benedict Arnold and spoiling his plan to surrender our liberty.

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Jack Petersen Memorial by Kim Crichlow

Columbia University Preservation Students Work at Jay Estate

JHC Welcomes 2020 Jay Fellows

We are thrilled to welcome Rachel Ericksen and Tom Rice, our inaugural 2020 summer Jay Fellows. Rachel and Tom are students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and will be researching a pavilion planned to overlook the Historic Jay Gardens. Their work will include gathering information about the 19th-century structure that once stood on the site that was based on a design by renowned architect Alexander Jackson Davis. They will also be  scanning the site and surroundings to create a series of 3D point clouds.

The project is being supervised and coordinated by Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of historic preservation at Columbia and a member of JHC’s board of trustees. Read more about them here.

Preserving African American Historic Places

A Conversation with Brent Leggs

Brent Leggs, an accomplished advocate for the preservation of African-American historical sites, spoke at JHC as part of a virtual forum on July 14 at 6pm. The talk was moderated by Jorge Otero-Pailos, a member of JHC’s board and the head of historic preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Leggs is the executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He was recently featured in a lengthy profile in the New Yorker about the struggle to preserve African-American history. Leggs is a Harvard University Loeb Fellow and the 2018 recipient of the Robert G. Stanton National Preservation Award. Read more here.

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