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The Bowne House Events Schedule

October 11-13, 2014

Bowne House will participate in Open House New York, a city-wide event which takes place over Columbus Day weekend. This year our tour will feature the newly-restored exterior of the 1661 house, which is a work in progress, as well as areas of our garden which have some unusual and fine examples of trees and shrubs from the 19th century Parsons Nursery, which was located adjacent to the house.

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

December 7th, 2014

Bowne House will participate in the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour on Sunday, December 7th. The tour features five 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.

At that time, our multi-year exterior restoration project should be completed. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the house with its newly restored windows, as well as our new cedar roof and new and freshly painted siding. Once again, we will welcome visitors to our parlor where we will describe the restoration process and show photos of the work.

Please check the website for specific times for the talks.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, for admission to all 7 sites. You may order tickets at info@QueensHistoricalSociety.org or call 718-939-0647X17.


Architectural Symposium, Historic Preservation
June 7, 2014
St. Michael's, Marblehead, MA

The  New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
2013 - 2014

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 >>

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

Discovering John Bowne: Archaeology, Architecture, and Flushing’s Beginnings

The impending restoration of the John Bowne House in Flushing, Queens, scientifically dated 1661--the second oldest house in the City of New York--will attract much national interest from preservationists, historians, and the general public. The Bowne House Historical Society is offering two panel discussions, Discovering John Bowne: Archaeology, Architecture, and Flushing’s Beginnings: National Arts Club at Gramercy Park on Monday, September 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m., and one at Queens College on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the LeFrak Music Hall.

These panels are free and open to the public. Three distinguished scholars will discuss the process of historic house restoration: (1) Professor James Moore of Queens College’s Anthropology Department will recount his experience in archaeological investigation of the Bowne House; (2) J. Ritchie Garrison, Director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and Professor of History, University of Delaware, will show how archaeological, archival, and architectural research are translated into historic structures restoration; and (3) Cary Carson, recently retired Vice-President for Research at Colonial Williamsburg, will explore the meaning and use of the restored site. Donald R. Friary, Chair of the Bowne House Historical Society’s Advisory Committee, will moderate the panels and the audience participation that follows.
Please reserve a space by calling 718-359-0528, or send an email to office@bownehouse.org.

Donald R. Friary


Celebratory Events for Decendants



A Brief History of the Flushing Remonstrance

On December 27, 1657, thirty residents of Flushing signed a remonstrance—a grievance—addressed to Peter Stuyvesant, the director general of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. The two-page document vehemently protested Stuyvesant’s ban on Quaker worship in the colony and the harsh punishment he imposed on anyone who dared to “receive or entertain any of those people called Quakers.”

“For our part,” they wrote, “we cannot condemn them [the Quakers]..., neither can we stretch out our hands against them, to punish, banish or persecute them...” The brave citizens of Flushing demanded that Stuyvesant allow all people, “whether Presbyterian, Independent, Baptist, or Quaker” to have “free egresse and regresse unto our Town, and houses, as God shall persuade our consciences.”

The extraordinary document, known as the Flushing Remonstrance, did not win religious freedom for the colonists of New Netherland in 1657. However, it was a monumental step towards that end. In 1663, John Bowne, an English immigrant whose wife was a Quaker minister, risked his life and his Flushing farm to defend the principles of religious tolerance. He appeared before administrators of the Dutch West India Company, Stuyvesant’s employer, and used logic and passion to make his case. The administrators, moved by Bowne’s defense, swiftly ordered Stuyvesant to allow Quakers and all other colonists, regardless of their religion, to be “free and unshackled so long as they continue...peaceable...and not hostile to the government.”

John Bowne’s courage and determination were key in establishing religious freedom in New Netherland. But the citizens who drew up the Flushing Remonstrance were the first to forcefully advocate this right. Indeed, many legal scholars today acknowledge the Flushing Remonstrance as the precursor to Americans’ right for religious freedom, which was codified in 1791 in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. 

On the 350th anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance, we celebrate the valor and altruism of all the people who fought for—and won—religious freedom for the colonists of New Netherland.

For books, articles, and other sources about the Flushing Remonstrance, the Bowne family, and Dutch New York, please see the Commemorative Bibliography compiled by the Bowne House Historical Society. It is located under "Flushing Remonstrance" Welcome to all from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, the Queens Library, the Flushing Business Improvement District and the Bowne House Historical Society... read more..

December 2007 – May 2008

There will be many exciting public events in the months ahead in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance. Everyone is invited to participate! Events include a candlelight walk through historic Flushing, an exhibition about religious tolerance at the Queens Museum, and a giveaway at the Flushing Post Office of postcards bearing the original 3-cent stamp from 1957, the 300th anniversary of the Remonstrance. 

A “must see” is the only known copy of the Flushing Remonstrance, which will be on view at the Queens Library in Flushing from December 5, 2007 to January 7, 2008. It will be on temporary loan from the New York State Archives in Albany. At 7 PM On December 27, 2007—the actual 350th anniversary of the Flushing.

Remonstrance - everyone in Flushing will be asked to join together in making “a joyful noise” to celebrate the historic document. 

For a full listing of events, please see www.flushingremonstrance.info. The site also includes the full text of the Flushing Remonstrance and the names of the thirty citizens who signed the document.