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What to do Today
Guided Tours
While Tours of the Historic House are suspended, we invite you to take a Virtual Tour.
Upcoming Events

Virtual Lecture with James S. Shapiro

  • February 9, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

James S. Shapiro, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Shapiro chooses eight moments in American history when Americans claimed (or conscripted) Shakespeare as an authority in the political and culture struggles of the time, ranging from race, to immigration, to international politics, to class warfare, to assassination and sex.  Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, member of the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Public Theater in New York, he was consultant to the 2017 Public Theater production of Julius Caesar in Central Park, and the 2020 Free Shakespeare on the Radio podcast of Richard IIShakespeare in a Divided America was just named one of the New York Times Ten Best Fiction and Non-fiction Titles of 2020.

Part of the 2021 Lecture Series for John Jay Homestead, Seats of Power.

This series will be in webinar format on Zoom beginning promptly at 7:00pm.

Registration is free but required. A Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees the day before the lecture.

To join the Lecture Committee, click here.


  • February 9, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Virtual Lecture with Brenda Wineapple

  • March 16, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Brenda Wineapple,The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation 

Pro-Union Democrat and the only senator from a Confederate state not to resign at his state’s secession, Lincoln’s running mate on the National Union ticket and an “accidental President” after Lincoln’s assassination, impeached but not convicted, Andrew Johnson became a vivid example of a defiant, erratic and highly unpopular President deeply at odds with his Congress through a period of disruptive social and political change.  Wineapple is an award-winning essayist, academic and critic, currently  teaching at Columbia University and the New School in New York City. Author also of biographies of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Janet Flanner, and Gertrude and Leo Stein, she was previously the Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate School, CUNY, and its Writer-in-Residence.

Part of the 2021 Lecture Series for John Jay Homestead, Seats of Power.

This series will be in webinar format on Zoom beginning promptly at 7:00pm.

Registration is free but required. A Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees the day before the lecture.

To join the Lecture Committee, click here.


  • March 16, 2021
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Object of the Week
News
Yours for the Oppressed, Harriet Myers Exhibit

We are honored to have loaned from our collections an original letter from Harriet Myers to John Jay II to an exhibit mounted by the Underground Railroad Education Center at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany New York. Harriet’s handwritten one-page letter is a treasure trove of information about UGRR activism, the role of…

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On the Trail Of Alexander Hamilton Road Trip

Alexander Hamilton was considered the architect of America’s Federal Banking system and a fierce advocate of a strong centralized United States (as opposed to a Confederation of States). Of the 85 Federalist Papers – essays arguing to ratify the United States Constitution – Hamilton authored 51, James Monroe wrote 29, and John Jay – our country’s first…

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Geocache Challange

The Taconic Region of NYS Parks is excited to host its 2020 Geocaching Challenge. Encompassing acres of trails, campgrounds, beaches, golf courses, lakes, valleys, historic sites, waterfalls, and stunning views, we welcome you to come discover and explore our parks and great outdoors. Be one of the first 100 people to collect 45 out of the…

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