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For over forty 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 Queens Historical Society

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 30TH 12:00-2:30 PM
    Quaker Flushing Walking Tour
  • Well before the establishment of William Penn's Quaker refuge in Pennsylvania, Quakers had migrated from intolerant New England towns to Flushing where "freedom of conscience" was promised by the Dutch West India company. The Flushing Remonstrance was proclaimed in 1657 to oppose Governor Stuyvesant's attempt to ban Quaker practice. This walk will visit: the 1694 Quaker Meeting House, Bowne House, the sites of the Remonstrance , and George Fox's monument. Influences of Flushing's Quaker nurserymen will be discussed. The tour will end at Kingsland Manor, home to the Queens Historical Society, to view the exhibit Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens and enjoy light refrements. Sponsored as a fund raiser by the Queens Historical Society; $15/$20 member/non-member includes QHS entrance and refreshments. Tour begins & meets at NW corner of Main St/37 Ave (Flushing #7). Reservations required (wait list after 25); fee collected at tour. Email Jack Eichenbaum:

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Anniversary Lecture
  • As a pre-programming event for our next exhibition and to help mark the 75th anniversary of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Mary Hedge, Archivist for MTA Bridges & Tunnels, and one of the bridge engineers will be discussing the unique aspects of the bridge, its ultra sleek design and the many measures that have been taken since the year after it opened to make it more wind resistant.