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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 Queens Historical Society

  • 19th Annual Art & History Contest

  • This contest is open to all 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students in the Borough of Queens!

    The challenge is to pick your favorite historic building or site in Queens. You may choose building/sites such as a post office, library, church, temple, mosque, park, cemetery, or statue. Draw the building or site that you have chosen on a separate piece of paper (8 1/2x11). You may use pencils, colored pencils, crayons or water colors. Then Write a one paragraph or more essay stating the name of the place you drew, its history, and the reason you picked it and paper clip it to the back of you're drawing. Fill out and attach the entry form in the link below.

    Art & History Contest Entry Form

    Please note that each student entry must be accompanied by a $1 processing fee and that all work becomes the property of the Queens Historical Society. A 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be chosen from each grade and an awards ceremony will be held at our headquarters, the Kingsland Homestead, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Each of the winners will receive a gift card and all participants receive certificates! The deadline for this year's submissions is April 17, 2016.

    Please send or deliver entries:
    143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354


    "Toys from Your Attic" - The next exhibit at the Kingsland Homestead.

    Great news - YOU have a chance to participate. Trustee Joseph Brostek who is curating the exhibit invites you to (carefully) look in your attic for any old classic toys and games you might like to have displayed in the exhibit which will run for a full year! Wouldn't it be fun to bring your children and/or grandchildren to see toys that YOU played with as a child?

    The deadline for submissions is the end of May. If you have something to offer, please contact us at: Info@queenshistoricalsociety.orgor phone 718-939-0647 ext. 14. If you are unable to attend the exhibit, we will send you a photo of your contribution on display. So don't delay. Here is your chance to be a part of history.

  • SUNDAY, June 5 @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM

  • Queens Mid-Century/Modern Architecture Talk

    On June 5th, at the Queens Historical Society, historian and preservationist Frampton Tolbert will present his Queens Modern project, an examination of mid-century architecture in Queens, specifically the more than 400 projects that received Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards during this time. He will discuss both celebrated and obscure projects and how the development of modern architecture impacted the growth and history of Queens. Visit for more information on the project.

    $5 General Admission, $3 Students/Seniors, and Free for Members

  • SUNDAY, June 12 @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM

  • Queens Archaeology Talk

    Professor Jim Moore of the Queens College, City University of New York will be joining us on June 12th at the Queens Historical Society for a talk on the archaeology of Queens County. Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor with research interest in European Prehistory, Historical Archaeology, Hunter-Gatherer Studies; focusing on Eastern North America and Ireland in particular. He has a strong connection with QHS as he has done archaeological surveys at the historic Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Woodside, and plans to do excavations there in the months ahead.