Bowne House 2015 Landmarks50
Bowne House 2015 Landmarks50 Celebration - A Call for
Bowne House will mark the 50th anniversary
of New York City's landmarks law with a rededication
of the museum as a site dedicated to the First Amendment
and the principle of freedom of religion in America.
This event will be take place on Saturday, October 10th,
2015 at the museum.
October 10 marks the anniversary of
the original dedication in 1947. On that day, thousands
gathered on Bowne Street to take part in the opening
of the museum as "A
National Shrine to Religious Freedom". The day chosen
was also the tercentenary of the original charter of
the Town of Flushing, which was granted in 1645.
address, The Honorable Charles S. Colden, a judge and
first president of the Bowne House Historical Society,
stated: "This nation was settled by men and women
in search of freedom they could not find elsewhere. Strong
in their convictions, they knew that God moved in all
the affairs of man, and, therefore, they fought, from
the early beginnings, to establish 'liberty of conscience'."
the Town Charter granted liberty of conscience, this
principle was soon tested. In response, 31 settlers,
Englishmen in the largely Dutch colony, drafted a document
known as the Flushing Remonstrance, one of the significant
documents in the struggle for religious freedom in America.
They protested Governor Peter Stuyvesant's attempts to
limit religious liberty.
It was not until 1662, with John
Bowne's arrest, imprisonment, deportation and successful
appeal to the Dutch West India Company that the principle
of freedom of religion was guaranteed in the colony,
a principle later enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
House is a city, state and national landmark; the museum's
purpose is education. Its original charter stated that
its mandate included educating the public about the important
events which took place early in its history and which
were associated with the "fundamental
principles of freedom of conscience and religious liberty".
For almost 70 years, the Bowne House Historical Society
has worked to further this goal.
The founding trustees
of the Society were 32 in number. They included some
of the most prominent names in Queens, as well as several
members of the Bowne and Parsons families.
To mark this
anniversary celebration, we are calling upon descendants
and relatives of the original trustees of the Society,
as well as descendants of the 31 signers of the 1657
Flushing Remonstrance, to join with us on October 10,
2015 for our rededication ceremony, which will take place
in the garden of the Bowne House.
In addition to Charles
Colden, the trustees included:
Dr. Charles H. Campbell
Margaret I. Carman
Harry l. Dayton
Sherman S. Ely
Mrs. Paul B. Findley
W. Flemer Foulk
Reverend B. A. Galloway
Arthur H. Greeley
Rev. Dr. Norman A. Hall
John J. Halleran
Laurence B. Halleran
Douglas G. Hardgrove
Samuel D. Jones
Dr. George J. Lawrence
Mary Mac Leod
Rabbi Max Meyer
Anna M. O'Connor
Harold G. Parker
William Bowne Parsons
Charles U. Powell
Franklin F. Regan
LeRoy T. Stratton
Mrs. Edward J. Streator
Mrs. John H. Tennant
William H. Waechter
Mrs. Charles B. Williams
Very Reverend Monsignor John D. Wynne
The 31 signers of
the Flushing Remonstrance were, in order of their signatures:
William Thorne, Sr.
William Thorne, Jr.
Robert Field, Sr.
Robert Field Jr.
Descendants and relatives of these signers,
and descendants and relatives of the Societies founders,
may contact the Bowne House for further information.
are planning a festive reunion to commemorate those whose
courage and sacrifices helped secure the freedoms we
enjoy in America today.
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