Member Spotlight – Jennie McCahey

Jennie McCahey

Program Director, The Royal Oak Foundation

Individual Member

Joined: 2011

Born: Winnetka, Illinois

Lives: 20% of the time East Village—the rest of the time in various airports and on planes!

What brought you to New York?

I came to NYC to attend the Master’s Degree Program in Decorative Art History and Design at Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Who wouldn’t like going behind the ropes in great NYC museum period rooms and turning over furniture and handling the objects with curators? (a lot of secret drawers in the Met’s French furniture) I stayed to work at a shelter magazine and then worked at a museum. Now I am at The Royal Oak Foundation and with my team invite British authors or historians to speak about the National Trust of England, Wales, and N. Ireland and their new scholarship/books about English country houses, art and architecture, and history. I am lucky that St. George’s Society likes to co-sponsor some of our fun lectures…it’s a chance to bring even more Anglophiles together!

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

Obviously the social aspect; the staff at St. George’s and GEORGE plan really fun events for their members which I often sadly miss since I travel a great deal. Beyond the programs, I truly admire that St. George’s works diligently to help people in need in the NY area that may not have access to aid, or more importantly, caring people who will look out for them and follow up. From helping with utility bills or groceries, to climbing 10 stories to visit elderly trapped during hurricane Sandy, the social workers are amazing and kudos to the organization for helping people for over 246 years! I also was impressed by the Lehman College scholarship students I met at The English Ball—losing access to education because of funding is a hurdle no student should face.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

In the summertime, the Conservatory Garden in Central Park or on a walking tour to hidden parts of NYC. In the winter, any place with a roaring fire.

What is your favorite British thing to do in NYC?

Early English breakfast at Tea and Sympathy when I am jetlagged.

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