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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

  • SUNDAY, May 1st FROM 1:00-3:00PM

  • Walking Tour of Elmhurst with Adrienne Onofri

         One of the oldest communities in Queens, Elmhurst is also a foremost emblem of the borough's modern-day multiculturalism. This walking tour will explore the neighborhood's long history as well as its cultural diversity, with three churches founded during colonial times plus houses of worship for a variety of faiths among the sights. Highlights will also include such architectural landmarks as Newtown High School along with recreational and retail hotspots. You'll learn about Elmhurst's prized horticultural product, its connection to a popular Christmas story, how and why its name changed over the years, and what ever happened to those famous gas tanks. The tour will be led by Adrienne Onofri, author of Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City's Largest Borough.

    Fees are $15 for QHS members and $20 for nonmembers. Please visit: to RSVP.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 10th AT 2:30PM

    Art Deco Architecture in Queens

         Charles Hovanic is a graduate student of Columbia University in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Come join us on Sunday, April 10th for a lecture and Q&A led by Hovanic on the history of Art Deco architecture throughout the borough of Queens. As always, the event will be followed up with refreshments and hospitality at the Kingsland Homestead. Keep track of our website and social media for updates and further information on this event.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 17 @ 2:30PM

  • Recruitment of Women in the Police Force

    If you're looking to extend the themes of Women's History Month into April, here's how! Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti is one of the highest ranking officers of the NYPD. She is the previous President and current Board Member of NYWLE--New York Women in Law Enforcement. On April 17th she will be giving a lecture and Q&A on the challenges and importance of recruiting women into the police force.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 24 @ 2:30PM

  • Poetry Talk with Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

    Maria Lisella is the sixth winner in the competition for Queens Poet Laureate 2015-2018 and the first Italian American. She is a native New Yorker (Queens born and bred) and the author of the collection, Thieves in the Family, and two chapbooks Amore on Hope Street and Two Naked Feet. April 24th will be your chance to hear her work and learn of the resonating significance of poetry in the everyday life.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 30 @ 10:30AM

  • The Right-of-Way of the Flushing Central Railroad Walking Tour

    Lead by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian.

    Did you know that a rail road once ran from Flushing to Hempstead? It functioned for only a few years in the 1870's but its right-of-way lives on in parks and streets that don't conform to the Queens grid! We walk the phantom rails from Central Flushing to Fresh Meadows through parkland and pleasant residential neighborhoods that mask historical anomalies! Begins at the Queens Boroanical Garden entrance on Main St, Flushing and ends in the Fresh Meadows Shoping center. (Drivers may park in the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center lot and take the Q17 bus along Kissena Blvd. towards Flushing, exit at Elders Ave, and walk downhill to the QBG) If you have time before the walk, you can find spring blooming at the QBG for a small fee.

    ***This is a fundraiser for the Queens Historical Society!***