A private screening of PBS’ new feature, 10 Streets that Changed America, has been set for Sunday, July 29th at 4 pm at the Jay Heritage Center (JHC), in Rye, NY.
The documentary tours 10 streets that influenced the way we travel around the United States. The screening will be followed by a conversation with author and journalist Eric Jaffe. A cocktail reception will follow at the Jay Mansion which looks out on America’s oldest highway, the Boston Post Road.
This film traces many familiar routes from Manhattan to Rye including the 400-year evolution of Broadway: from Native American road, to Dutch trading route, to the home of America’s earliest public transit, to an electrically-lighted theater district known as the “Great White Way.” Westchester residents may take special interest in the ride from Boston (where more than a dozen historic mile markers have recently been restored) to New York on a dirt “highway”, which was created for the nation’s first mail carriers – a section of this road was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1993 with the home of Founding Founder John Jay as its keystone.
Eric Jaffe will introduce the program and answer questions afterwards. He is the author of The King’s Best Highway (2010), a social history of America’s first postal route, and A Curious Madness (2014), a family memoir about a World War II war crimes mystery. He is a former journalist who most recently served as New York Bureau Chief for CityLab, the Atlantic’s urban life channel. He is currently Editorial Director of Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that uses technology to improve urban life.
$10 for JHC Members and Members of the Harvard Club of Westchester; $15 for General Admission. All proceeds benefit continued preservation of the 23 acre Jay Estate. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Photo of Boston mile marker provided.