Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities at The Bowne House Historical Society

Attention all History, Public History, LIS, and Museum Administration students!

The Bowne House was built in a Anglo-Dutch vernacular architecture style around 1661. The house was home to the historic Bowne and Parsons families of New York. Most notably, John Bowne who is best known for his defense of religious freedom. Bowne was arrested and imprisoned for refusing to pay or fine or plead guilty for allowing Quakers to hold religious services in his home. He was then banished to Holland where he argued his case to the Dutch West India Company. Bowne was successful and the principle of religious freedom would become law in the New York Colony. Most of The Bowne House Historical Society collections revolve around the social history and material culture of the families from the 17th through 20th centuries.

Opportunities are inclusive visitor entry, learning how to be a tour guide, grounds keeping, and much more. For more information, please send an email to Dr. Kristin Szylvian, Public History Director at St. John's University at

Thank you,
Dr. Kristin Szylvian

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Attention History Students!

Attention History Students!

Still thinking about what classes to take next semester? Consider registering for HIS 404/LIS 253: Oral History this Spring 2016!

Learn about the practice and origins of oral history, the difference between oral history and digital storytelling, oral history ethics, and digital technology.

You can help capture and preserve our own oral history for future generations here at the University by conducting interviews with current and past students, as well as faculty, administrators, staff, and friends of the University by participating in the St. John’s University oral history project. Past interviewees have included legendary coach Lou Carnesecca and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Science Jeffrey Fagen, Ph.D. Consider taking HIS 404/LIS 253 this Spring and contribute to the University’s own archival collections!

This class will be offered in the Spring 2016 semester as an elective for any graduate degree program.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Attention all DLIS, History, Public History, and Museum Administration students!

Join us on Saturday 10/24 as we go on a private tour of the New York Public Library at 11:30am. This tour should last about an hour. Afterward, St. John’s DLIS graduate and NYPL staff Megan Margino (pictured below) will take the group through the Milstein division and then finally speak to us about Milstein division operations and how to conduct research at NYPL. See you there!

Thank you,
Dr. Kristin Szylvian
If you plan on attending please send an email to