Scholars Lecture - Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

May 1, 2017 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination.
Gordon-Reed and Onuf are two of the country’s leading Jefferson scholars, at Harvard and the University of Virginia, respectively. Here they portray Jefferson as a man who was able to live with deep contradictions, even in the face of disastrous practical consequences or at the cost of appearing unprincipled. His belief in the rights of man, and his failure to find a practical end to slavery. His love of his family (legal and extralegal) with his inability to save them from the bankruptcy that scattered them at his death. His love of order, and his tolerance for the upheaval that comes with radical change.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.
$25; $20 for members. Limited free seating is available for students.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 126

Thematic Tour: John Jay and Thomas Jefferson

May 1, 2017 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

John Jay and Thomas Jefferson were constant adversaries during their political careers, but became friends and corresponded often during retirement.  Take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House highlighting the relationship between Jay and Jefferson. Tour leaves from the Glass Porch. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 5, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Family Teaching Garden - Roots

May 7, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

 

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Play Days@Jay

May 12, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Thematic Tour: Lewis & Clark’s Great Expedition West

May 13, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

In 1782 John Jay served as the principal negotiator of the Treaty of Paris which established the United States as its own country with a western border to the Mississippi river.  Just over 20 years later, President Thomas Jefferson sent Merriweather Lewis and William Clark to explore the recently purchased Louisiana Territory.  Take a docent-led tour to learn about these two men and the impact their discoveries had on all Americans, including John Jay. Tours are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. Please purchase tour tickets at the Carriage Barn Education & Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Family Teaching Garden - Stems

May 14, 2017 4:00 pm–4:45 pm

John Jay Homestead is partnering with InterGenerate to present the Family Teaching Garden Series.  Families will learn through hands-on work how to plant and tend a vegetable garden while exploring plant parts, ecology and, of course, bugs! This year, the Teaching Garden will also be a Giving Garden as the food we grow will be distributed to those in need.

Advance registration required as space is limited. $20/family

You may also purchase the entire 7 class Family Teaching Garden Series for $100. See Family Teaching Garden - Series of 7 Classes on April 30 for details.

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 0

Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Lecture – Hydrangeas for Every Garden

May 17, 2017 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Horticulturalist and garden author, Lorraine Ballato will discuss hydrangeas from container-size to six foot hardy cultivars along with their proper care and pruning. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 914-285-3590 for registration and information. $18; $20 at the door.

Price: Free Event

The New York Unit of the Herb Society of America’s Spring Meeting and Lecture

May 18, 2017 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Horticulturalist and plant historian, Deirdre Larkin will present an illustrated talk focused on plant products known, but not grown, in medieval Europe, many of which had been imported since the days of the Roman Empire. Larkin worked with The Cloisters Museum & Gardens and holds a Master’s Degree in the History of Religions from Princeton. Please email herbsocietyny@gmail.com for information and registration.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 19, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

John Jay’s Not-So-Big City: A Walk Through the History of Old New York

May 20, 2017 10:00 am–1:00 pm

Founder John Jay was a native son of New York City, but the city he knew was not the metropolis we know today. This tour takes us along many of the same streets John Jay walked as we visit locations where he lived, worked, played, and prayed. Plan to walk approximately 2 miles during this 3-hour tour.

Advance registration required. $20; $15 for members.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 15

Thematic Tour: The Constitutional Convention

May 25, 2017 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Convened in Philadelphia on May 25th 1787, the Constitutional Convention was originally established to revise the Articles of Confederation, but when the delegates adjourned at the end of July, a whole new form of government had been proposed.  To commemorate the 230th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention take a docent-led tour of John Jay’s Bedford House, highlighting his position as a strong proponent of a national government and his involvement in the ratification of the Constitution. Tours are scheduled at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Please purchase tickets at the Carriage Barn Education and Visitor Center. Regular admission fees apply.

Price: Free Event

Play Days@Jay

May 26, 2017 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

On Fridays, May through October, pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at John Jay Homestead; explore our 6 Discovery Centers and help volunteers collect eggs from the chicken coop. Education staff will lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm.

Free admission.

Price: Free Event

Bedford Riding Lanes Association Spring Pace and Picnic

May 29, 2017 7:00 am–2:00 pm

Horseback riding pace and lunch begins and ends on the grounds at John Jay Homestead. Advance reservation necessary for participation; call 914-234-BRLA to register. Admission to the grounds is free.

Price: Free Event