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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!


The New York Landmarks Conservancy
In partnership with
The Queens Historical Society
cordially invite you to: Come explore the rich art, architecture, and history found in Queens!

This free walking tour will begin promptly at 1 pm on Sunday, May 21st at the Friends Meeting House (137-16 Northern Boulevard). Built in 1694 by John Bowne and other early Quakers, the Old Quaker Meeting House is, by all known accounts, the oldest house of worship in New York State and the second oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation.

Walking along Main Street we will then visit St. George's Episcopal Church (135-32 38th Avenue). Established in 1702 as a mission of the Church of England, today it serves an intercultural, multilingual Episcopal congregation with members from over twenty different nations of origin.

Our final destination will be the Free Synagogue of Flushing (136-23 Sanford Avenue). Founded in 1917, it is the oldest Reform Synagogue in Queens.

Time permitting the group will visit the historic Bowne Street Community Church. Originally built as a Dutch Reformed Church, it is the last link to Flushing’s history as a Dutch Colony in the mid-17th century, a period associated with the Flushing Remonstrance and John Bowne.

This tour is presented in conjunction with the Landmarks Conservancy’s seventh annual Sacred Sites Open House, May 20th and 21st. For more information about participating sites please visit www.sacredsitesopenhouse.org

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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

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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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