News and Articles Archive
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.
SACRED SITES OPEN HOUSE
- ARCHAEOLOGY -
and THE BOWNE HOUSE
Saturday May 21, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
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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.
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CELEBRATE SPRING! 春天祭典 >>
BRINGING THE BOWNE HOUSE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD
March 26, 2016, 12-4pm 2016年三月二十六日
In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the
Landmarks Preservation Commission
A Children's Workshop: “Then and Now with The Bowne House”:
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,
December 6th, 1-2:30pm.
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
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS -
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH, 2015
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,
Tickets are priced from $150-$25. Space
is extremely limited and reservations must be made
in advance; please contact the museum for further
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,
HOUSE TO PARTICPATE IN CITY-WIDE OPEN HOUSE
Historic Flushing Sacred Sites Weekend will
be held May 16-17, 2015
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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
SECRET LIVES OF DRESSES
Collection Highlights from the Bowne House
An exhibition by Claire
McCree, Jenny Ma, and Kelsey Brow
Coordinator: Anne Perl de Pal, Board of Trustees Advisor:
December 5, 2014 – January 5, 2015
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
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 >>
15, 2014 - January 19, 2015
York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
2014 - 2015 >>
SUMMER AT THE BOWNE HOUSE - 2014
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
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 >>.
of the highlights of her work may be found in the following
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
This is the opening reception for a new exhibit showcasing
the city's historic destricts on the Panorama of New
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.
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
The Society would welcome any information about this
case or about any manumission transactions witnessed
or signed by Mayor Walter Bowne.
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,
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
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
the “Sweet Tooth” of Flushing’s
Early Quakers >>
York Beyond Sight, The Bowne House Flushing, Queens,
Click to listen mp3 >>
Fifth Annual Flushing Historic Holiday House Tour
to be held December 9th, 2012
York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show & NYT
17th 2012 Bowne House Reception and Award Ceremony >>
House Historical Society 2012 Annual Meeting >>
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 >>
BOWNE HOUSE 2011 PROJECTS
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 email@example.com.
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
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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 >>
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.
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Bowne House gets $125K more for repairs.
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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 >>