John Jay Homestead invites public to help curate new exhibit

Provided by NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

KATONAH – John Jay Homestead State Historic Site will be mounting a new exhibit and is asking the public to help. “Reflections on Our Past: A Viewer Response Exhibit II,” will be an entirely digital exhibit curated with responses from the community.

In 2013 the homestead opened their first “Reflections” exhibit in the Back Parlor Gallery. Invited guests, representing the local community, were asked to select an object from the collection to comment on in whatever medium they wished. Their responses included drawings, poems, essays, and even an exact replica in clay. The John Jay Homestead is now seeking participants from the digital community for the new exhibit. 

Participants will choose one of the twenty-five objects to respond to; the objects selected for inclusion can be found on the website.  The responses may take any form, and participants are encouraged to be creative.  The exhibit is open to all ages.

All of the directions, images of available objects, and submission instructions can be found on our website,  Submissions are due by May 31, 2020.  For questions please contact

John Jay Homestead continues to add digital content on a rolling basis.  We encourage you to check our website regularly. 

The grounds of John Jay Homestead are open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.  Visits are encouraged but staff requests that social distancing protocols are followed.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site is one of the six state historic sites and twelve parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation–Taconic Region.

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