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Making History in New York City:
Research, Archaeology, Material Culture Studies

June 17, 2017, 1:30pm


For Further Information Contact:
718.359.0528 or bownehouseeducation@gmail.com

Bowne House NY Path through history June 2017


National Park Service to hold public meetings to discuss flushing remonstrance special resource study

The meeting is open to everyone and will take place Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Flushing Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, New York. Read more >>


Open House New York

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016 12 PM – 5 PM

Discussion with Tony Carnes, Editor and Publisher of A Journey through NYC Religions, and ”Planting Liberty: 350 years of Freedom in Flushing, Non-Stop Metropolis,” Non-Stop Metropolis, October 2016, University of California Press.

Witches, Brews and Folk Remedies, A Bowne House East/West Halloween:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 12 PM – 5 PM

Celebrations from the garden, family-friendly activities for young and old based in ancient folklore and medicinal practices.


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Complete Information >>


Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, a member of the Bowne House Museum Advisory Committee, is appointed Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts.




March 26, 2016, 12-4pm   2016年三月二十六日


Bowne House Children's Workshop December 2015

In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the
Landmarks Preservation Commission

A Children's Workshop: “Then and Now with The Bowne House”:

Explore local Flushing history with an archaeological exhibit and explore the life of a colonial child in winter with crafts and toy-making.

At the Flushing Main Street Branch
of the New York Public Library,
41-17 Main St.,
December 6th, 1-2:30pm.

Flyer >>

Bowne House Halloween 2015

Halloween Saturday, October 31, 2015, 1-3pm
37-01 Bowne Street We invite families to join us for
Caramel Apples and Apple Cider
Colonial crafts and toys - PDF Flyer >> bownehouse.org (718) 359-0528
$3 per child -- A house tour is included in the price of admission



On Saturday, October 10th, the Bowne House Historical Society will commemorate both the 1945 dedication of the museum and the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Law.

A celebration will be held in the garden at the Bowne House. The all-day program will feature distinguished speakers, guided tours of local historic sites interest, and exhibits.

Tickets are priced from $150-$25. Space is extremely limited and reservations must be made in advance; please contact the museum for further information.



Bowne Street Community Church >> PDF Fact Sheet

Kissena Park, The Oldest House In Queens,
And A Quest For Religious Freedom

(Article posted from QueensJewishLink.com, August 20, 2015)


Historic Flushing Sacred Sites Weekend will be held May 16-17, 2015

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!


Collection Highlights from the Bowne House Historical Society

An exhibition by Claire McCree, Jenny Ma, and Kelsey Brow
Coordinator: Anne Perl de Pal, Board of Trustees Advisor: Rosemary Vietor
December 5, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Bowne House Holiday Tour 2014December 7th, 2014

Bowne House will participate in the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour on Sunday, December 7th. The tour features six sites in and around Flushing: Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth Museum and Gardens, Lewis Latimer House Museum, Flushing Town Hall, The Friends Meeting House, and the Louis Armstrong House as well as Bowne House. Each site offers special activities and transportation will be available between sites.

The Flushing Historic House Holiday Tour will be held Sunday, December 7th, from 1-5 PM. Bowne House will be decorated for the holidays and visitors may see the newly restored exterior. They will also enjoy a talk on traditional holiday foods, sample some recipes and hear music performed by a musician from the Mannes School of Music. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Queens Historical Society; check their website or call Bowne House at 718-359-0528 for information.

President's Year End Letter 2014 >>

November 15, 2014 - January 19, 2015
The  New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
2014 - 2015





Summer 2014 is shaping up to be a busy one for the museum. Not only are we in the midst of construction, with Phase I, the Exterior Restoration, still underway, but we have continued our community outreach efforts despite the constraints imposed by the ongoing construction project.

Each year, we have hosted a small group of student interns who work on a variety of projects under the guidance of our volunteer coordinator, Anne Perl de Pal. This year, we have students from local high schools as well as two interns from the Bard Graduate program. Their interests are many and eclectic, and fortunately we have a plethora of projects which appeal to a cross section of interests: computer science, social media, graphic design, photography, architecture, history, textiles and costumes and culinary traditions. The interns are an important source of much needed volunteer help for the museum.

Each intern selects an area of concentration; the final product may be a paper, a social media project, an exhibit, or organization and documentation of our records. Bowne House has many subsections of collections; each of these present a fascinating window into early American material culture and daily life. Many of these items have never been on display because we have simply had no room. When our new visitor center is completed, we hope to have space to feature these in a series of specialized exhibits. The summer research projects will help us determine areas of strength which may be explored further.

Summer 2013 was very successful; two high school interns produced essays, one on literacy and Bowne and Co., ( the financial printer ), while another wrote about women and literacy, focusing on the role of samplers in promoting reading and writing. One of these may be found on our website.

Also last summer, we welcomed Lauren Brincat, a graduate student at the University of Delaware studying for a Master of Arts in American Material Culture. We are thrilled to say that Lauren chose as the subject of her thesis "John Bowne's Flushing: Material Life on a Dutch Frontier - 1645-1700". Lauren's thesis is available here >>.

Some of the highlights of her work may be found in the following paragraphs >>


City OKs Bowne House Center Plan >>


Bowne House Annual Meeting May 21, 2013

On May 21st at 6:00 p.m. the members of the Bowne House Historical Society will hold their 2013 Annual Meeting. This year, while our preservation project is underway, we will meet at the nearby Voelker Orth Museum and Gardens. 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing 11354. We are very grateful to the museum for hosting us and hope you will join us for this event.   more >>

Reception Sunday, April 14, 2013, 3 - 6 PM
Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY

Please join us for Marking Spaces - New York City's Historic Districts on the Panorama of the City of New York
This is the opening reception for a new exhibit showcasing the city's historic destricts on the Panorama of New York.
The exhibit is conceived by the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee, in cooperation with the Historic Disctricts Council, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and Queens Museum of Art through a grant from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall.

The Bowne House is pleased to be part of the NYC Landmarks50 Advisory Committee as we celebrate 50 years of landmarking in New York.

Manumission and New York Mayor Walter Bowne.
The Bowne House Historical Society has received this inquiry from a descendant of the Johnson and Foster families regarding Mayor Bowne's role in a Virginia manumission case decided in the Supreme Court of Appeals in Virginia. The case was heard in 1931, during Bowne's term as mayor.

The Society would welcome any information about this case or about any manumission transactions witnessed or signed by Mayor Walter Bowne.
complete details >>

Reforming The Image Of Northern Europe In The The Dutch Golden Age.
Bowne House a Topic in Queens College Exhibit - February 4th through March 23rd, 2013.

Bowne House will be part of an exhibit and program at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. On February 27, James Moore of Queens College will give a lecture - "A survey of the Bowne Historic House: The Anglo Dutch Context in Perspective". The lecture will take place in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall from 12-2 PM.
On March 5th, Don Friary, chair of the Bowne House Museum Advisory Committee will lead a tour of the Bowne House in Flushing. The tour will be held Tuesday, March 5th at 5:30.

Article: Feeding the “Sweet Tooth” of Flushing’s Early Quakers >>

New York Beyond Sight Bowne House mp3New York Beyond Sight, The Bowne House Flushing, Queens, Click to listen mp3 >>

Twenty Fifth Annual Flushing Historic Holiday House Tour to be held December 9th, 2012 >>

New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show & NYT Article.

Storm Update 11/3/2012 >>

October 17th 2012 Bowne House Reception and Award Ceremony >>

Bowne House Historical Society 2012 Annual Meeting >>

Bowne House Restoration 2012 >>

New York Post 2012: NYC Landmarks Through A Lens Article.pdf

March 4, 2012

Desecration of graves at the Quaker Meeting House in Flushing, a National Historic Landmark >>

See related article in the New York Times:

Quakers Say Contractors Desecrated a Historic Queens Graveyard >>


This year, Bowne House will celebrate its 350th year of service to the community

Information about these activities call the museum at 718-359-0528 or email us at office@bownehouse.org.

Feeding the “Sweet Tooth” of Flushing’s Early Quakers >>

Bowne House End of Year Letter 2010 >>

Violent storm hits Bowne House on September 16th , 2010

A number of our members have been concerned about Bowne House and the recent storm in Flushing.

On the evening of September 16th a violent storm hit New York City. Queens and Brooklyn sustained heavy damage, with large trees and falling branches littering many neighborhoods. Photos & Read more >>


August 20, 2010

The Bowne House Historical Society was thrilled to learn that Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall has allocated $1,500,000 in the 2011 New York City capital budget to the museum. Of this amount, $500,000 is allocated to the construction of the new Visitors Center on our grounds and $1,000,000 is allocated for the restoration of the 1661 house. This generous funding will allow us to proceed with work on the Visitors Center as well as Phase II of the restoration of the house. Phase II will restore the exterior envelope of the house, including the roof.
We are extremely grateful to Borough President Marshall for this grant. She has always taken a great interest in cultural and educational institutions and her assistance is very welcome.

May 27, 2010

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall asks that Bowne House be designated as a national landmark

Read Full News Release >>

April 2010 Update & News

Read letter here >>

Hart Island Project etc. to host Mother's Day Poetry Event In Flushing.
Speakers For The Dead, May 9, 2010

New York Poets to Read Names of Those Recently Buried in Potter's Field on Mother's Day. Read Full News Release >>

May 2009

Letter From The President, May 2009 >>

December 29th, 2008

Below is the photo of the official signing of the documents transferring ownership of Bowne House to New York City, under the aegis of Historic House Trust of New York (HHT). The signing took place December 29th at the offices of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, LLP, who provided pro-bono legal advice for Bowne House. Bowne House will continue to be operated by the Bowne House Historical Society, which will own its collections and be responsible for its educational programming. We will be managing the restoration with the help of Historic House Trust and the New York City Parks Department.

The New York Sun, October 2008

Flushing, the New Face of the City Abroad in New York

We're in the midst of the third transformative wave of immigration in New York City's history — the kind of wave that alters non-New Yorkers' perception of what a typical New Yorker looks and sounds like. In the 1840s and 1850s, Irish and Germans…

Read the article here:

The Knight News

Exploring Flushing's John Bowne House

On Sept. 23, a dialogue entitled "Discovering John Bowne: Archaeology, Architecture and Flushing's Beginnings" took place in LeFrak Music Hall. One of Queens College's distinguished professors, Dr. James Moore, narrated his experience of the archaeological exploration of the John Bowne House in Flushing, N.

Read Full Article >>

Queens Chronicle

Bowne House gets $125K more for repairs.

Read Full Article >>

New York Times Articles December 2007

Precursor of the Constitution >>

Flushing House Gave Rise to Religious Freedom >>

Tabetha Garman Thesis

Designed for the Good of All, The Flushing Remonstrance and Religious Freedom in America >>