Historic Wallpapers

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on historic wallpapers at the Homestead. Check back for a new video each…

Object of the Day – June 22

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Cradle c. 1820 American (New York) Mahogany or walnut, pine bottom JJ.1964.169 This early 19th century hooded cradle is made from either mahogany or walnut wood and appears to have its original finish. It also has an unfinished pine plank bottom, which may have been done later on to replace the original, as this plank…

Mystery Object for June 21

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? Do you think this object would be used in a house? What do you think this object was used for?…

Mystery Object for June 20

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? There is a pole coming from the top of this object….

Mystery Object for June 19

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What do you think this object was used for? Do we use any objects like this today?   Yesterday’s Mystery…

Mystery Object for June 18

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? This object has a handle. What do you think…

Mystery Object for June 17

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? This object has a handle on the side. How…

Object of the Day – June 17

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Indenture October 12, 1705 Parchment, Ink, Wax JJ.2018.407   This document is an agreement between a man named John Dibell, and Jacobus Van Cortlandt (John Jay’s maternal ancestor) in which Mr. Dibell is agreeing to sell a sizable tract of his land in Bedford to Jacobus. Since Jacobus bequeathed a large plot of his Bedford…

Object of the Day – June 16

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Marianne Peloquin (1706-1778) c. 1814 Oil on Canvas, Frame- wood painted blank with gilt border around portrait Unknown artist, copy after John Wollaston, the Younger (1710-1775) JJ.1980.99 Marianne Peloquin was born to Francoise and Stephen Peloquin in 1706. She was the youngest of four children, she had two brothers (John and David) as well as…

Mystery Object for June 16

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what material it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? Why do you think this object has so many…

Lansdowne Print of George Washinton

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We usually offer a series of collections-based programming this time of year, but with the historic house closed in response to  COVID-19, we are instead highlighting some collections items in a series of short videos. Watch Collections Manager Arthur Benware’s video presentation on our Lansdown Print of George Washington. Check back for a new video each…

Mystery Object for June 15

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Be an Object Detective – can you guess what today’s Mystery Object is? Here are some questions to answer about the object: Looking at this object, can you guess what materials it is made of? What shapes do you see when you look at this object? What do you think this object was used for?…

Object of the Day – June 15

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Tall Case Clock c.1701-1727 (clockworks) c. 1775-1800 (case) Mahogany, Brass, glass, other metals London (clockworks) Philadelphia (case) JJ.1987.6 This tall-case clock was owned by John Jay and is well documented in Jay’s inventories as having been used in his various houses. The clock came with Jay when he retired to this house in 1801 and…