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For over fifty years, the Queens Historical Society has been actively preserving and celebrating the history and heritage of Queens, New York.






Upcoming Events at QHS!


Kids Saturday Sculpture Event
Saturday June 17th 12:00-3:00PM

QHS is excited to collaborate with Socrates Sculpture Park this June. Please join us at the Socrates Sculpture Park location for their Saturday Sculpture event where we will be presenting our Road to Freedom: Paper Quilting workshop. This art-based workshop focuses on the Underground Railroad, including secret messages that were encoded through patchwork quilts to help guide slaves to freedom. Students will create paper quilts using authentic symbols and messages. Appropriate for grades K-6

This is a FREE program.

Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11106

For more information click here.


Taking It to The Streets: 1950’s NY through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson
Exhibition at Flushing Town Hall in collaboration with Queens Historical Society
Opening Reception: SUN, JUNE 25, 1-3 PM

Before cell phones documented nearly every aspect of daily life, street photographers captured the humble, the mundane, and the ordinary. Flushing resident Frank Larson documented New York in the 1950s. When we view Larson’s work 60 years later, we still see ourselves, even if New York has changed around us.

Lecture: WED, JUNE 28, 6-8 PM

Gallery Dates: SUN, JUNE 25 – SUN, AUG 6
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students


Patriotic Picnic Fundraiser
Saturday, July 8th 1:00-4:00pm

We are delighted to invite you for a post- Independence day picnic celebration. Merriment will include food, beverages, and performances ranging from operas to indie folk music. By purchasing a ticket for this event you will help raise funds to preserve and protect the first landmarked house in Queens – Kingsland Homestead, headquarters of Queens Historical Society.

Performances:
Honey and the Hound at 2:00pm
Italian Art Music at 3:00pm
Please wear one, or all of the following three colors: Red, White and Blue.
$15 pre-sale; $20 at the door
https://patrioticpicnic.eventbrite.com


"Blissville: An Investigation" Film Screening
Sunday, July 23rd 2:30-4:30pm

Join us for a film screening of a documentary /poem by Hank Linhart, an accomplished media artist.

This video tells a story about a remote corner of Queens, NY.
Blissville is the former name of the tiny triangle bounded by the Newtown Creek, the Long Island Expressway, and Calvary Cemetery. In addition to the world’s largest fortune cookie factory, there is a factory with the exclusive rights for making replicas of the Statue of Liberty, a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery and a giant car crusher. Through street interviews, film investigates the origin of the name of Blissville, and the character(s) of the town. This is also a story about the resiliency of a community remarkably rich in nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, featuring diverse residential neighbors living in close proximity with active industries.

$5 Adult, $3 Student/Senior, FREE for Members


Immigrant Voices Series: Guest Speaker
Sunday August 6, 2017 2:30-4:30pm

The Queens Historical Society is organizing a series of talks associated with the Immigrant Voices satellite exhibit. We are honored to have the Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, John Choe as a guest speaker on the 6th of August from 2:30pm - 4:30pm.

He works every day to expand opportunities and empower those who live and work in the most diverse community in the United States; he has launched a number of innovative programs during his tenure.

The Immigrant Voices satellite exhibit will showcase the many diverse immigrant groups through their words and distinct images. So far, the exhibit has been featured in Queens Public Libraries in Jackson Heights, Corona and Ridgewood, and remains to be placed in Astoria, Woodside and many other areas.

$5 Adult, $3 Student/Senior, FREE for Members


Immigrant Voices Series: Love Express Film Screening
Sunday August 27, 2017 2:30-4:30pm

Join us for a film screening of LOVE EXPRESS, featured by the Queens World Film Festival and film director Patrick Chen. The film is set on the 7 train line that operates from Manhattan to Queens, New York. It transports a mix class of commuters, predominantly Hispanics and Asians, to their station. Even though these commuters are different by their ethnicity and neighborhood; they all share the 7 line as a community.

As his reason behind the film, Patrick Chen states:

“As a subway rider, I have witnessed love, hate, sadness and happiness in these MTA trains. It has become an unphysical form of connection with these strangers that bind us together as New Yorkers. I wanted to focus Love Express on the perspectives of young Chinese-Americans and their lifestyle. It was important for me as a writer to capture a respectable persona of Asian Americans that delivers a positive and honest perspective of their characters in an everyday scenario that captures the “slice of life” moment.”

$5 Adult, $3 Student/Senior, FREE for Members


Kingsland Homestead - Home of the QHS

Built between 1774 and 1785, the Kingsland Homestead is one of the earliest surviving examples of residential style construction common throughout Long Island, specifically Queens, in the late 18th and 19th centuries. A Long Island half-house, it is characterized by a wide side hall and double parlors off to one side. Other features include a central chimney between the side parlors, a dependent kitchen wing, and three front windows on the second floor.

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