Information on our next three events may be found below.

Lecture with Eliga Gould

  • April 18, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Eliga Gould, Crucible of Peace: The Turbulent History of America’s Founding Treaty

John Jay was the third member (along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams) of the Peace Commission which produced the treaty ending the Revolution and definitively established the independence of the “United States.” Eliga Gould, Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, calls this Treaty of Paris “the third founding document, equal in importance to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.” He has won multiple prizes for his other books, and multiple fellowships for his work. Note: this book is still a work in progress!

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

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  • April 18, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lecture with The Hon. Stephen G. Breyer

  • May 7, 2024
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism

Nominated by President Clinton, Justice Breyer served on the Supreme Court from 1994 until his retirement in 2022. He was preceded by Justice Harry Blackmun and succeeded by Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson; he wrote 551 opinions during that 28-year career. Before the Supreme Court, he served on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1980-1994) including four years as Chief Judge; before that he held many government positions, including assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He is currently the Byrne Professor of Administrative Law and Process at Harvard Law School. Virtually all discussions of his career mention that he was an Eagle Scout.

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

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

In-person tickets have sold out for this event.

Purchase virtual tickets here.

 


  • May 7, 2024
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

On the Farm

  • June 1, 2024
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for our annual On the Farm Dinner. Guests will enjoy seasonal cocktails and farm fresh hors d’oevres before sitting down to dinner under the stars at one of Bedford’s oldest farms. . Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish will cater the evening; dinner will be served family style with live music. Rain date of June 2nd.

 

Homesteader Table ($10,000): Table for 16

Harvester Table ($5,000): Table for 10

Harvester Ticket ($500): Reserved Seating for 1

Shepherd Ticket ($300): Open Seating for 1

 

Friends of John Jay Homestead is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Ticket costs above $150 per person are tax deductible as allowed by law.


  • June 1, 2024
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

 

Please note: Dates and times are subject to change.