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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

  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH 1:00-2:00 PM
    Community Conversations for Kids: Democracy
  • In another New York Council for the Humanities’ Conversations with Kidsprogram, this time focusing on the topic of democracy, we will read and discuss the book Pearl Moscowitz’s Last Stand by Arthur A. Levine. In this story,Pearl takes a radical stand when the city threatens to cut down the last tree on her shattered block; Pearl’s story represents standing up for justice, accepting change, having pride, and getting involved in your community. This program is free to children and their adult companions.

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH 2:30-4:30 PM
    New York State Pavilion: Lecture & Book Signing by Author Christian Kellberg
  • The New York State Pavilion is a legacy of the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair. It is located in the southwest corner of Flushing Meadow Corona Park, where the Long Island Expressway crosses over the Grand Central Parkway. From these freeways alone, the pavilion is seen by hundreds of thousands of motorists per day and is a symbol of the Empire State, the “Eiffel Tower of Queens.” From the observation towers that offer spectacular views of Queens and beyond; to the expansive Tent of Tomorrow, which showcased the world’s largest map (of New York State); to the stunning Queens Theatre in the Park, New York State Pavilion is an insightful look at this iconic landmark, with many spectacular historic color photographs, published here for the first time. Christian Kellberg is privileged to have been part of a volunteer effort to paint the New York State Pavilion mezzanine over the last three years. He has photographed many neighborhoods and their landmarks and is the photographer of much of the content in this book.