Researching the World Tour of John Jay Ide and L. Gordon Hamerlsey

Photo of John Jay Ide on camel in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza and some scaffolding around the Sphinx, part of the excavation project.  (John Jay Ide Collection at Jay Heritage Center) By Will Thurman Growing up in…

An Interwar Intelligence Gatherer

BY SETH CARLSON  In a series of 3 posts based on his transcription of an original pocket diary donated by the Trevor family, JHC volunteer Seth Carlson gives us an insider's view into the world of a Jay descendant and…

Dr. J. C. Jay, Jr. and Observations About Cholera in Germany 1866

BY JACK ENGEL  Disease and threats to peace were constant worries in 18th and 19th century America and abroad. Not surprisingly, the health and well being of others is a uniting thread throughout the many Jay family letters in our…

Joseph Curtis and the NY Manumission Act of 1817

BY JEFF DETORO A story about anti-slavery advocacy that was documented by early American novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick and how one man's service was further memorialized. In the JHC archives are three letters written to Peter Augustus Jay by Joseph…

Brick by Brick – Unearthing 18th Century History

BY CHRIS PARKER Believe it or not, the most exciting part of my summer last August was finding a brick. To fulfill my Eagle Scout requirement to design and lead a community service project, I decided to volunteer at the…

“This place … helped to nurture my passion for history”

BY SEAN CURRAN Over my time volunteering at the Jay Heritage Center, I have come to realize how much unique American history is contained within. Every time I arrive at the Center I am treated with a new adventure and…

“My dream of teaching others”

BY ZACHARY MOHAMED The ivory columns give way to a dramatic view of the Long Island Sound. As I arrive at the small but magnificent house, I spot the stern portraits of John Jay beside the French furniture, and a…