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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!


    “Jacob Riis Settlement House: Past, Present & Future”

    We regret to inform that the event will be cancelled due to an unavoidable emergency. Our speaker Chris Hanway will be unable to present the talk. Please stay tuned for any upcoming event updates as well as a possible reschedule of the Jacob Riis Settlement House: Past, Present, & Future Talk.

    Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House is one of the oldest Settlement Houses in NYC. Founded by a group of Episcopal Church women on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1890, it has been headquartered in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City- the largest public housing development in the United States- since 1950. Since then, the organization has provided holistic place-based services for the children, youth, families, and seniors of Western Queens and is one of 38 Settlement Houses in New York City. Its current Executive Director, Christopher Hanway will discuss the organization’s history, its namesake and early supporter-photojournalist and social reformer Jacob A. Riis, its role in the Settlement House movement and in the borough of Queens, and its current programs and offerings as the organization enters its 127th year.

    $5 General Admission
    $3 Seniors/Students
    Free for QHS Members

    BOOK SIGNING: "Lovely Toys of Long Ago, An ABC Book" SUNDAY, MAY 7th 2017 2:30-4:30pm

    The Queens Historical Society is proud to host Elizabeth Uhlig for her book signing event, highlighting her work Lovely Toys of Long Ago, An ABC Book, a collection of poems about toys of ages past. She is just as an accomplished artist as she is a writer; she illustrated the entire book herself! Join us on the Sunday, May 7th at 2:30pm to pick up a copy of the book to have signed by this talented scholar.

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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