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Bowne House - New York Path Through History Event Saturday, June 20, 2015

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Bowne House will participate in the state-wide Path Through History event. This is our first collaboration with Path Through History; our neighbor, the nearby Flushing Friends Meeting House will be taking part as well.

Bowne House will be open from 1-4. A special program will open with an introduction on the historical significance of tea to the Quakers and to Bowne House. Tea was imported and highly prized in 18th and 19th century America and played an important role in social events of the time. Many celebrations included tea, which was more popular than coffee and often kept under lock and key. Elaborate silver tea services and fine china were designed just for the purpose of entertaining important visitors. The craze for tea and tea related items coincided with the voyage of the Empress of China in the late 18th century, and with the introduction of fine Chinese porcelains into the American market. Many of these treasures survive today and may be seen in museums and in private collections. Recent archaeology work at the Bowne House has uncovered evident of Chinese porcelains in use at the house.

A neighborhood tea importer, Fang Gourmet Tea, has graciously provided tea and supplies for the event. Fang Gourmet will conduct a traditional tea ceremony, as celebrated in Asian countries, and talk about the importance of tea in Asian cultures.

The formal Tea Ceremony will start at 1 PM, with the introduction; following the introduction, Fang Gourmet Tea will conduct the formal tea ceremony. A tour of Bowne House will follow.

The program will be repeated at 2 PM and 3 PM. A sample of fine imported teas will be available for purchase.


Contact: (718) 359-0528 or email office@bownehouse.org.

The museum is located at 37-01 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY 11354