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The Bowne House celebrates Sacred Sites Weekend as Domestic and Sacred Space; John Bowne and Hannah Feake Bowne Plant the Quaker Seed
May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Join us on May 18th, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the 1661 Bowne House, oldest house in Queens and home to John Bowne, Hannah Feake Bowne, and nine generations of Bowne/Parsons families.
Lecture at 1:00 pm by Kate Lynch: The Bowne House as Domestic and Sacred Space; John Bowne and Hannah Feake Bowne plant the Quaker Seed, followed by a Community Discussion. Free.
In 1661 when New York was still under Dutch control, the young Flushing couple John and Hannah Bowne opened their home to Friends as Quakers are called. Despite John’s arrest in 1662 for harboring Quakers and Hannah’s untimely death in 1678, the Bowne House continued to serve as the meeting place for Flushing’s Quakers for the next 30 years.
For thousands of visitors, it has been a memorial to John Bowne and his role in securing the freedom espoused in the 1645 Charter of the Town of Flushing and the Flushing Remonstrance (1657), principles later enshrined in the First Amendment. The Bowne House is a New York City Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a State Site of National Significance.
Kate Lynch, a former Albert A. Smith Fellow from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, presented “Hannah Bowne, An Unknown Quaker Woman” at the 2017 Researching New York Conference and on Hannah’s mother Elizabeth Winthrop Feake Hallett at the Women in New Netherland conference at the New York State Library In 2017.