Noted Author & Historian to Lead
Non-Profit & National Historic Landmark Site

The Board of Trustees of the Jay Heritage Center is thrilled to announce its selection of Kevin Peraino as Executive Director effective June 17, 2019. Kevin brings the discerning eye and voice of an international journalist for Newsweek to this position, together with a passion for the outdoors and responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

Kevin has written two books - his first book Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power (2013) was called "an important step toward a richer and more useful understanding of the American past” by Foreign Affairs Magazine. His most recent publication A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 , (2017) was selected as an “Editors’ Choice” by the  New York Times Book Review  and won the 2018 Harry S. Truman Book Award from the Truman presidential library...
Children's Education Committee to be
Co-Chaired by New Trustees

The Jay Heritage Center is delighted to welcome two new Trustees,  Kelly Bakshi  and  Kathryn Schnaars. Together they will oversee programs and activities specifically geared towards young students and school groups. They bring a wealth of professional and classroom experience to their positions.
Kelly began her career as a Social Studies teacher in New York City after graduating from Rutgers with a Political Science/History degree. She was accepted into the Rise Up cohort, which awarded graduates, committed to high needs school districts, with federal grants toward Masters degrees in education.

Kathryn graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2000 with a major in Sociology, a Minor in Deaf Studies, and a Concentration in Gerontological Studies. She received her Masters in Education from Lesley University in 2001. She was an elementary school educator for 10+ years, in the Boston area and Greenwich, CT.

African American History Matters
Preservation of African American history takes real scholarship, advocacy and partnerships. These places matter!

More than 90 individuals of every age attended our program  “Dwellings of the Enslaved and Freed in the City and Town of Rye”  held on Sunday, June 9th at the 1838 Jay Mansion. Thank you to our superb speakers  Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project   and  2019 Sy Schulman Honoree, Dr. Larry Spruill, of Morehouse College  for two vibrant, empowering presentations and discussions. Earlier in the day, both guest speakers took the time to visit the Slave Quarters at the Bush-Lyon Homestead in Port Chester along with the African American Cemetery on North Street.

Restoring Dignity to African American Narratives in the City and Town of Rye

by Suzanne Clary
Our shared hope is to educate our community – volunteers, government officials and private citizens – about ways they can help save and interpret extant structures like the Slave Quarters as well as cultural artifacts and the historic paths, view sheds and landscape at the Jay Estate.  

Nieuw Amsterdam Soirée will be held October 19, 2019!

Co- Chairs: 
Tracy & Luke Edwards, Inga & Ben Mao,
Emily Kindler Tisdale & Bobby Tisdale, Christy & George Schultze,
Joan & Will Steere, and Marie-Anne & Joris Van Roijen.
Meet JHC Intern
Alex Hugh

Alex recently graduated from Barnard College, with a B.A. in English and a Creative Writing Concentration.
In addition to helping with programming and training summer volunteers, she has written about Medicine in Rye in the 1850s
Jay/Pierrepont Descendants with Brooklyn Roots Make Donation Towards $75,000 Challenge Grant

Thank you to Griff Samples and Sherry Redden for their recent gift towards rebuilding the profile of the historic 1849 AJ Davis designed Pavilion!

Jay Heritage Center is a registered 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit. As a relative newcomer, we currently receive no annual funding from the City of Rye, County of Westchester or State of New York yet we serve almost 10,000 visitors each year and offer FREE field trips to schools. We rely solely on donations from individuals, foundations, grants and corporations to fund talks, workshops and preservation projects throughout our 23 acre park.

Consider making a tribute gift or dedicate your gift to a specific project or program. We are so very grateful for all you do!
Jay Heritage Center at the Jay Estate
A National Historic Landmark
210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580 
(914) 698-9275