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Announcement of HHT transfer


Dear Members and Friends of Bowne House:

I am delighted to announce that the long-anticipated transfer of Bowne House to the Historic House Trust (HHT) and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has taken place. HHT is a not-for-profit organization created in 1989 to preserve and promote house museums located on parkland owned by the City of New York. The house will continue to be operated as a museum and programmed by the Bowne House Historical Society, which will also continue to own the collections. Bowne House will be the 23rd house owned by Parks.

Bowne House has been owned and operated by the Bowne House Historical Society since 1947, when it was purchased from its last occupants, the Parsons sisters. The purpose of this change in ownership is to allow the museum to access substantial public funding held for our restoration, pending donation of the property. We can now join forces with HHT and the City to proceed with the next phases of restoration work and move ahead with plans for our new Education Center, which will be constructed on the grounds.

This goal could not have been achieved without the support of our membership and our elected officials. We would also like to thank the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, LLP for their legal advice, guidance and support. Their generous donation of pro-bono work helped to bring this process to a successful conclusion.

We are pleased that we will be able to ensure preservation of this national treasure so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

Rosemary S. Vietor

September 14, 2009