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Object of the Week
Jay Family Stories: A Visit from St. Nicholas

For many American families, A Visit from St. Nicholas is part of their yearly Christmas celebration. For descendants of John (1745-1829) and Sarah Jay (1756-1802), the poem is more than a holiday tradition. It is a family story. Whether it is a family story for all Jay descendants, or only for some, depends on who…

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Jay Family Stories: Dr. John Clarkson Jay

Dr. John Clarkson Jay (1808-1891) was a pioneer in the science and study of mollusk shells, commonly referred to as conchology. Born September 11, 1808, he was the eldest of Peter Augustus Jay and Mary Rutherford Clarkson’s eight children. John Clarkson received the prestigious elementary education that was customary for upper class families like the…

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Jay Family Stories: Lucie Oelrichs Jay and the Anti-German Music Movement of WWI

On April 6, 1917 the United States joined its allies and officially entered World War I.  Patriotism was at an all time high and Americans furiously attacked any traces of German culture in the country.  German place names were changed, German books and newspapers were burned in the streets, and sauerkraut was even renamed “Liberty…

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