The Bowne House Experiece
September 30th was an awesome day for the students in the History of the Community class, because we sort of got to make a difference in people’s days. We made our way to the Bowne House for an event where the restoration of the Bowne House was going to be announced. It was kicked off with Talia’s wonderful performance of “America” and we got to hear a few words from some important people including John Liu himself.
It was all fun and good, but the part I’ll remember most was getting interviewed by the man from WCBS 880. We were just there, minding our own business, (We were holding up the first paragraph of the Remonstrance) and the reporter comes over and starts asking us questions about what we were holding, how we did it, what the steps were, if we had to look up words, why we did it, if we live in Flushing, Did we know anything about Flushing’s history before this and other questions like that. I was pretty nervous, but at the same time, I was excited because I was getting interviewed!
When the questions were answered and our names were given (I didn’t want to give my last name, because I’m paranoid about things, but the dude made me do it anyway) He went on to talk to other people, but not after we asked him when it would be aired. He said he didn’t know about the air date, but it should be up on the website by the afternoon. That was a LIE because I’ve checked the site and nothing comes up. Maybe I’m not searching right, or maybe it’s not up there, but all I know is, I haven’t heard me make a fool of myself online yet.
After that, we got to actually go into the Bowne House (only one room though) and take pictures. All in all it was good day, not only for us students, but for the others who were there, who I like to think were inspired that young people like us care about our community and have become a part of this project.