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Welcome to The Bowne House Historical Society

Visiting hours are Wednesdays from 1-4 and by appointment.
Please email or call the office:
office@bownehouse.org or call 718-359-0528.


Press Release for April 2017

Queen’s Public Library, Flushing Branch Exhibit on Display, April-May 2017

"Flushing’s Changing Landscape: From Agricultural to Urban Community"

The Bowne House is pleased to announce our new exhibit, on display from now until
May 2017 at the Flushing Branch of the Queens Public Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing,
NY 11355.  


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Boune House Historical Society Newsletter 2016

• From the Director of Education...

• Flushing Remonstrance study meeting...

• The Dutch Kas...

• The Underground Railroad from the Bowne House archives...

• 2016 - 2017 Events...

National Parks Study Begins In Flushing
Queens Tribune

Members of the Queens Historical Society, the Quakers of NYC and the Bowne House Historical Society and others stood up to share their insights on ...



City of Gods Book Talk 12-27-2016 Mid - Manhattan Library
R. Scott Hanson
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
6:30 PM on the Sixth Floor

About the presenter:
R. Scott Hanson, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in History at the University of Pennsylvania and an Affiliate of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University.
Website: http://rscotthanson.com
presenting an illustrated talk on his book

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President's Letter 2016
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On June 18th we are participating in NYS's Path Through History Weekend with two talks about the early settlement of the northern colonies and Queens during the American Revolution. The museum is open 12:00-5:00pm. Talks start at 12:30pm.  RSVP to bownehouseeducation@gmail.com


Saturday June 18, 2016, 12pm – 5pm
星期六 2016年6月18 日 中午12點-下午5點

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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.

Bowne Street Community Church >>
The Bowne Street Community Church is one of 30 sites to be selected as worthy of consideration for a landmark designation... we need your support!


Letter from the President end of year 2015 >>

Archival Assistance Fund Article

Archival Assistance Fund Article Bowne House New York

Grantees Announced in Second Round of Archival Funding...
Read Article in PDF >> Archival Assistance Fund Article Bowne House New York




Bowne House - New York Path Through History Event Saturday, June 20, 2015Bowne House - New York Path Through History.

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Bowne House participated in the state-wide Path Through History event. This was our first collaboration with Path Through History; our neighbor, the nearby Flushing Friends Meeting House took part as well.


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Bowne House Mourns the Deaths of Two Advisory Committee Members.

The Boxwood Garden At The Bowne House >>


Bowne House Holiday Tour 2014

Bowne House 2015 Landmarks50 Celebration - A Call for Founding Families >>

The Bowne House Newsletter Autumn 2014 >>

9/16/2014 Update: The bill passed!

"This bill, HR 3222, was the inspiration of Adam Sackowitz, then a student at Hofstra University. Adam has encouraged this project and has followed its progress through its successful passage yesterday in the House of Representatives. We congratulate Adam and Representative Grace Meng on its passage."
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Legislative Alert and Update- HR 3222, the Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, will be brought to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives Monday, September 15th, 2014. The bill authorizes a study of the 1657 Flushing Remonstrance and of related events which took place in Flushing in the mid 17th century; these events led to the establishment of freedom of religion in the colony. Over 100 years later, this principle of religious freedom was incorporated into the First Amendment.

We urge those with an interest in supporting this study to contact their elected representatives. Congratulations to Representative Meng for introducing this bill, which would focus attention on an important event in early American history.

Summer at The Bowne House 2014 >>

John Bowne's Flushing: Material Life On A Dutch Frontier
A Thesis by Lauren Holly Brincat

Annual Letter from The President 2014 >>

Yale Day of Service at the Bowne House >>

February 2014.
The forgotten story of the Flushing Remonstrance >>
by Wei Zhu

City OKs Bowne House Center Plan >>


HR 3222, the Flushing Remonstrance Study Act, has been introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng. Please see the details here. Those wishing to support this study of an important aspect of American history may wish to contact their elected representatives and express as individuals or as organizations their support for this proposal to advance knowledge and appreciation of America's history of freedom of conscience and religious liberty.

Bowne House Newsletter Autumn 2013 Bowne House Newsletter 2013 - 2014

Bowne House Preservation Project is Underway

Bowne House Restoration ProjectWe are pleased to announce that our long awaited preservation project is now underway. This phase, the exterior restoration of the 1661 house, is under the supervision of architects Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, and Steven Foxworth, Project Manager at NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Read more >>

A microcosm of 300 years of social, cultural and political history, Bowne House (ca. 1661) is the oldest house in Queens and among the oldest in New York City.

It was built by John Bowne, who emigrated from England to Boston in 1649 and settled in Flushing, Queens, when New York was under Dutch Rule. His family prospered in America: the nine generations born and raised in the house produced businessmen, horticulturists, educators and politicians. Over the course of 300 years, the family left its mark on American culture, participating in events of both regional and national significance -starting with John Bowne's courageous defense of religious freedom in 1662, an act which established the principles later codified in the Bill of Rights.

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Bowne House has been a museum since 1947. Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, the Bowne House Historical Society's mission includes the preservation of the house, its contents and grounds for its historical and educational interest, for its significance to the history of New York and for its importance in the establishment in this country of the fundamental principles of freedom of conscience and religious liberty.

Coming in 2015
Bowne House will participate in the upcoming city-wide celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law. See the Landmarks50 Alliance web site, www.nyclandmarks50.org for details of the Bowne House event and for other events to be held throughout the city.

Bowne House, the oldest house in Queens, NY, is recognized as a city and national landmark and is on the New York State Register of Historic Places as a Site of National Significance.

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In 1656, New Netherlands passed an Ordinance precluding public worship other than Dutch Reform.
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