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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum is located at 37-01 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY 11354