Open House New York: The Bowne House

Saturday, October 13, 2018

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

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The 1661 Bowne House is one of New York’s oldest buildings, best known for its link with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. This year, celebrate the 361st anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance and learn baout the Naitonal Park Service "Flushing Remonstrance Study Act".  

A microcosm of 300 years of social, cultural, and political history, Bowne House is the oldest house in Queens. The 1661 Bowne House was home to John Bowne and nine generations of the Bowne/Parsons family. For early Quakers, it was a place to gather for worship. For thousands of visitors, it has been a memorial to John Bowne and his role in securing the freedoms espoused in the 1645 Charter of the Town of Flushing and the Flushing Remonstrance (1657), principles later enshrined in the First Amendment. Bowne House is a city, state, and national landmark.  

Visit the site for a special celebration of the 361st anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance, the 1657 petition to Director-General of New Netherland Peter Stuyvesant in defense of religious freedom, and learn about the National Parks Service's Flushing Remonstrance Study Act.

Tours (on Saturday only): Noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m.




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Bowne House Muesum, Bowne House Historical Soicety

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(718) 359-0528

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