The Homestead offers a variety of programs that meet current State curriculum standards for U.S. and New York State History. Each program provides students with a first-hand look at the changing nature of everyday life by comparing today’s lifestyles and concerns with those of Jay’s era. The programs encourage students to use the critical thinking skills of a historian or social scientist, asking them to read, analyze, apply, synthesize and evaluate historical information. Click HERE for more information.
The Margaret Mayo-Smith Fund provides grants to underwrite transportation costs for visits to John Jay Homestead State Historic Site by schools and student groups which could not otherwise afford to come, giving priority to Title I schools. Grants are awarded by Friends of John Jay Homestead on a first come first served basis, and are limited to one grant per class, per school year. Click HERE for the grant application.
Preparing your students before they arrive will allow them to get the most out of their visit to the Homestead. Each pre-visit packet includes vocabulary, background historical information and an age appropriate activity. Post visit materials are also available. Click HERE for more information.