Spymaster Activity Box

  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Though widely celebrated for his political and diplomatic achievements, John Jay played an important role in creating a spy network to help defend the colonies during the Revolutionary War. Designed to entertain kids for hours, each Spymaster Activity Box contains an age-appropriate book about Revolutionary spies; spy-themed books; a book full of different types of codes to create and decode; materials and directions for over a dozen spy themed crafts and activities; secret spy gear; additional games and activities you can try at home; and access to supplementary downloadable content. Reading material and activities are designed for children entering grades 2 through 6. The price per box is $100, with a 10% discount to members.  Advanced registration and payment required.  Boxes will be available for curbside pickup from John Jay Homestead on a rolling basis, beginning June 29. We will schedule your pick-up time following receipt of your order.

We have two boxes available with differentiated materials by grade level (Grades 2 & 3 OR Grades 4-6). Please purchase the correct box for your child’s age.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.

American Revolution Activity Box

  • May 2, 2022 - March 1, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

Almost 250 years ago, the colonists decided they’d had enough of British rule and wanted to become their own country. They declared their independence, fought a war and worked together to form a new nation. Founding Father John Jay worked in a number of different positions during the Revolution. Along with men like, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin, Jay helped American become its own country. Now it’s your turn to discover what the Revolutionary War was all about. This Activity Box contains materials for hours of excitement as you delve into the world of the American Revolution.

Inside your box you’ll find supplies and directions for several crafts and activities. These include:
• Make your own quill pen
• Write with invisible ink
• Make a cup and ball game
• Lantern making
• And much more!

Your Revolutionary War box also contains two great books; one is about the ins and outs of the Revolution and the other tells us about the British side of the war. We also have included some cool gadgets to help you along the way.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

Unfortunately, due to the contents of this box, we cannot offer shipping.

Lecture Committee 2022-23

  • May 3, 2022 - June 1, 2023
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Lecture Committee 2022-23

To help develop, promote, and support the participation of distinguished historians and scholars in education and public programs at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site.

Our Committee makes possible this special event that shines a light on our unique Homestead, with a wider reach, no ticket price barrier, and no limit on capacity for students: when our lectures are held virtually, we’ll be requiring registration, we won’t be charging admission.

Committee Members each pledge a minimum gift of $250 per person and receive a signed bookplate by each speaker and, for in-person talks, an invitation to dinner with a speaker.

 

Around the World with John Jay Activity Box

  • July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
    11:00 am - 10:55 pm

You are about to embark on a great adventure!
Founding Father John Jay spent many years traveling throughout the United States and overseas. Your box contains activities for hours of fun while learning about John Jay’s travels, and items you’ll need for your own traveling adventures. Each of the activities in the box is designed to give you a greater understanding of the nations that Jay visited. Have a Georgian masquerade ball like they did in England. Make music with your homemade castanets and pretend you are in Spain. Design your own beautiful tropical fish like you would see in Martinique. And make a hot air balloon like Sarah Jay saw flying in the sky above Paris.
Your Activity Box also contains instructions for additional activities and games you can try at home. We’ve also added items you’ll want for your next expedition including an atlas, backpack, and travel journal.

We will email you within 1 week of your purchase with your options for a pick-up date and time.

We do also offer shipping (+$25) within the contiguous 48 United States. We will email after your purchase to get the shipping address information.

Lecture with Stacy Schiff

  • February 7, 2023
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stacy Schiff, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams burned his letters and left no memoir, but was in his day proclaimed as the “chief incendiary” of the Revolution, the “prime mover,” the “patriarch of liberty,” and the target of the British troops – for arrest, or even assassination – whom Paul Revere was riding to warn on April 18, 1775. Schiff is renowned as a formidable researcher and biographer of extraordinary people, including Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, the Witches of Salem, Saint-Exupery, and Vera Nabokov (Pulitzer 2000).

This lecture will be held at Bedford Playhouse (633 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY) due to ongoing construction at John Jay Homestead.

6:30 – Reception with light refreshments
7:00 – Lecture begins
8:00 – Book signing

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Click here to purchase tickets for this lecture.

Lecture with Linda Greenhouse

  • March 29, 2023
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Linda Greenhouse, Justice on the Brink: A Requiem for the Supreme Court

Begun as a Covid project to “chronicl[e] the life of the Supreme Court from July 2020 through June 2021,” Justice on the Brink has become an exploration of the landmark decisions of the term, and this Court’s far-reaching engagement with foundational issues, including the role of precedent, doctrines of interpretation, styles of leadership, and politics. Currently an Opinion contributor to The New York Times, Greenhouse covered the Court from 1978 – 2008. She is the author of 5 other books, winner of a 1998 Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting, and lecturer and researcher at Yale Law School. She has been called the dean of living Supreme Court journalists.

This lecture will be held at Bedford Playhouse (633 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY) due to ongoing construction at John Jay Homestead.

6:30 – Reception with light refreshments
7:00 – Lecture begins
8:00 – Book signing

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Click here to purchase tickets for this lecture.

Lecture with Linda Colley

  • April 27, 2023
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Linda Colley, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World

Are Constitutions the safeguards of freedom? Tracing the global history of written Constitutions from the 1750s to now, Colley weaves in changes in warfare, communications and global expansion, and describes how governments – including ours – also use their Constitutions to signal their legitimacy and modern-ness to the world. Colley received the Order of the British Empire: DBE (Dame of the Order of the British Empire) in 2022; she is the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton.

This lecture will be held at Bedford Playhouse (633 Old Post Rd, Bedford, NY) due to ongoing construction at John Jay Homestead.

6:30 – Reception with light refreshments
7:00 – Lecture begins
8:00 – Book signing

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Click here to purchase tickets for this lecture.

Lecture with Sara Cedar Miller & Annual Meeting

  • May 23, 2023
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sara Cedar Miller, Before Central Park

Authoritative, vivid and beautifully photographed, Before Central Park traces “the finest work of art ever executed in this country,” from prehistory, through Indigenous, early European, Colonial, Revolutionary, Civil War and modern eras, with multiple and diverse groups of creatures living alongside each other, sometimes harmoniously and often in conflict. Sara Cedar Miller is the historian emerita of the Central Park Conservancy; she has written three other books about the Park, which celebrates its sesquicentennial this year.

 

This lecture will be preceded by the Friends of John Jay Homestead Annual Meeting at 6:30pm.