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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.


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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Upcoming Events at QHS!



    The History of Woodhaven by Edward Wendell


    SUNDAY, November 6th, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm



    Join us this Sunday for a talk on the neighborhood of Woodhaven by Edward Wendell, a lifetime resident and the Executive Director of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society.

    Once known as Woodville, mid-18th century small farming town, Woodside grew in size and shape and later became a site of two nationally famous racetracks: Union Course and Centerville.

    Learn more on why two French men decided to invest their fortunes here and find out where the oldest tavern of NYC is located!



    Long Island and the Civil War Lecture


    SUNDAY, November 13th, 2016 2:30pm-4:30pm



    Harrison Hunt, co-author of the book Long Island and the Civil War, will be giving a talk on the struggles of more than three thousand men of different ethnicities and creeds from current-day Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, fighting to preserve the Union.

    Local women raised considerable funds for Union hospitals and Long Island companies became focal points for producing uniforms and medicines for the Union army.

    Join us at QHS and hear more about this fascinating story, from the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders.