New News is Good News

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Museum of the City of New York on Fifth Avenue

Some of you may have seen this recent article from DNAinfo regarding the future of our beloved Bowne & Co., Stationers. We are thrilled to report that the MCNY, who will be managing the Seaport Museum for the next 18 months at least, has told us that they do plan to reopen Bowne, and soon.

We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported Friends of Bowne over the last seven months — your notes of encouragement, attendance at our exhibition, and petition signatures provided just the spark and passion we needed. But the journey of our group is far from over. In communications with new museum management, we will continue to advocate for Bowne and its rare and wonderful collection.

The new management has seen our business plan, but many questions about the shop’s renewed operation remain unanswered. We will keep everyone informed as we get news. In the meantime, we have discussed what roles Friends of Bowne can play going forward, and came up with three main goals:

1. Help create a Bowne & Co. Advisory Board

Using existing connections with former master printers, volunteers, printing historians, and design professionals, form a body that the museum can consult when needed.

2. Help revitalize and staff the Bowne & Co. volunteer program

Recruit and manage volunteers to help organize and run the print shop, helping with everything from redistributing type to job printing.

3. Help fundraise for Bowne & Co.

Attract and retain potential donors interested in giving funds specifically earmarked for Bowne and its continued operation as a living and functional exhibit.

If you are interested in getting involved, please shoot us an email at We’d love to hear from you!


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