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Object of the Week
Jay Family Stories: Dr. John Clarkson Jay

Dr. John Clarkson Jay (1808-1891) was a pioneer in the science and study of mollusk shells, commonly referred to as conchology. Born September 11, 1808, he was the eldest of Peter Augustus Jay and Mary Rutherford Clarkson’s eight children. John Clarkson received the prestigious elementary education that was customary for upper class families like the…

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Jay Family Stories: Lucie Oelrichs Jay and the Anti-German Music Movement of WWI

On April 6, 1917 the United States joined its allies and officially entered World War I.  Patriotism was at an all time high and Americans furiously attacked any traces of German culture in the country.  German place names were changed, German books and newspapers were burned in the streets, and sauerkraut was even renamed “Liberty…

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Jay Family Stories: Adam Von Trott zu Solz and Operation Valkyrie

This month’s story is that of 20th century German statesman Adam Von Trott Zu Solz (1909-1944), a descendent of John Jay through his maternal grandmother Anna Jay Von Schweinitz, daughter of John Jay II. Von Trott zu Solz is perhaps best known for his participation in the infamous Operation Valkyrie plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler…

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