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  The New York Sun article Flushing, the New Face of the City.  
   
 
 
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Welcome to The Bowne House Historical Society

Visits are welcome by appointment please email or call the office. office@bownehouse.org or call 718-359-0528.


Empire State Building Lighting
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On April 15, 2015 at sunset, the Empire State Building will be lit in the colors of the New York City Flag--orange, white and blue--to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law. Please post it, Tweet it (@EmpireStateBldg), and let them know that we appreciate it!

 

 


Spring is just around the corner but winter still had its charms for passersby on Bowne Street during the recent snow.

The historic Parsons era maple tree, Acer palmatum, was a spectacular sight, with its graceful branches covered in a powdery snow. The tree has been a feature at the Bowne House, whose gardens contain a number of species grown in the nearby Parsons Nursery, founded by Samuel Parsons in Flushing in 1838. Bowne House, ca. 1661, was occupied by the family until it became a museum in 1945; the last occupants of the house were the Parsons sisters.

During the late 18th and well into the 19th centuries, Flushing was a site of several famous nurseries. These nurseries included the Prince and Bloodgood nurseries as well as the nursery founded by Samuel Parsons. Parsons traveled the world in search of unusual plant material to provide stock for his Flushing nursery. Some of his best known and most celebrated species, besides the maple, include the Weeping Beech, the rhododendron, and the Valencia orange. Many of these horticultural treasures, which are now common in American gardens, originated in Asian countries. Parsons passports and materials relating to his travels are in the archives of the Bowne House Historical Society.

This year, the Bowne House Historical Society is planning a program and exhibit on the Parsons Nursery’s contributions to horticulture. Information on the program will be posted on the Bowne website.


 

Bowne House Holiday Tour 2014


Bowne House 2015 Landmarks50 Celebration - A Call for Founding Families >>


The Bowne House Newsletter Autumn 2014 >>

9/16/2014 Update: The bill passed!

"This bill, HR 3222, was the inspiration of Adam Sackowitz, then a student at Hofstra University. Adam has encouraged this project and has followed its progress through its successful passage yesterday in the House of Representatives. We congratulate Adam and Representative Grace Meng on its passage."
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Legislative Alert and Update- HR 3222, the Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, will be brought to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, September 15th, 2014. The bill authorizes a study of the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance and of related events which took place in Flushing in the mid 17th century; these events led to the establishment of freedom of religion in the colony. Over 100 years later, this principle of religious freedom was incorporated into the First Amendment.

We urge those with an interest in supporting this study to contact their elected representatives. Congratulations to Representative Meng for introducing this bill, which would focus attention on an important event in early American history.

Summer at The Bowne House 2014 >>

John Bowne's Flushing: Material Life On A Dutch Frontier
A Thesis by Lauren Holly Brincat

Annual Letter from The President 2014 >>

Yale Day of Service at the Bowne House >>

February 2014.
The forgotten story of the Flushing Remonstrance >>
by Wei Zhu

City OKs Bowne House Center Plan >>

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ALERT!
HR 3222, the Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, has been introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng. Please see the details here. Those wishing to support this study of an important aspect of American history may wish to contact their elected representatives and express as individuals or as organizations their support for this proposal to advance knowledge and appreciation of America's history of freedom of conscience and religious liberty.

Bowne House Newsletter Autumn 2013 Bowne House Newsletter 2013 - 2014

Bowne House Preservation Project is Underway

Bowne House Restoration ProjectWe are pleased to announce that our long awaited preservation project is now underway. This phase, the exterior restoration of the 1661 house, is under the supervision of architects Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, and Steven Foxworth, Project Manager at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Read more >>

A microcosm of 300 years of social, cultural and political history, Bowne House (ca. 1661) is the oldest house in Queens and among the oldest in New York City.


It was built by John Bowne, who emigrated from England to Boston in 1649 and settled in Flushing, Queens, when New York was under Dutch Rule. His family prospered in America: the nine generations born and raised in the house produced businessmen, horticulturists, educators and politicians. Over the course of 300 years, the family left its mark on American culture, participating in events of both regional and national significance -starting with John Bowne's courageous defense of religious freedom in 1662, an act which established the principles later codified in the Bill of Rights.

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Bowne House has been a museum since 1947. Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, the Bowne House Historical Society's mission includes the preservation of the house, its contents and grounds for its historical and educational interest, for its significance to the history of New York and for its importance in the establishment in this country of the fundamental principles of freedom of conscience and religious liberty.

Coming in 2015
Bowne House will participate in the upcoming city-wide celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law. See the Landmarks50 Alliance web site, www.nyclandmarks50.org for details of the Bowne House event and for other events to be held throughout the city.

Bowne House, the oldest house in Queens, NY, is recognized as a city and national landmark and is on the New York State Register of Historic Places as a Site of National Significance.


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In 1656, New Netherlands passed an Ordinance precluding public worship other than Dutch Reform.
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