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