Public Programs

We offer a wide variety of events, including lectures, book- signings, film screenings, and concerts. QHS also offers walking tours of various neighborhoods in Queens, and specializes in tours of the Flushing Freedom Mile. In addition, QHS hosts events in collaboration with other sites, such as the Annual Historic Holiday House Tour.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND 2:30-4:30 PM
    Film Screening: The World of Tomorrow
  • The World of Tomorrow is a feature documentary that looks at the great 1939 New York World’s Fair. Five years in the making, this critically acclaimed film uses home movies, newsreels, industrial and promotional films, cartoons, still photographs and other vintage graphics to study the Art Deco extravaganaza that was the World’s Fair. Since the whole Fair offered a look at Tomorrow and then documented that effort on film, The World of Tomorrow also offers a look back into the future.

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 29TH 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Sunday in the Park with Jack
  • This traverse of Flushing Meadow-Corona Park (FMCP) from Flushing to Corona honors of the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the World's Fairs that extended into 1940 and 1965. The walk will focus on the history of FMCP as well as sites associated with the fairs. We’ll meet at the entrance to the Queens Botanical Garden (on Main St., 8 blocks south of the #7 subway station) and end in Corona. This walking tour is a fund raiser for the Queens Historical Society. Fees are $15/20 member/nonmember of QHS, collected on site. Participants are asked to register with Jack to avoid overcrowding; please email him at

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH 2:30-4:30 PM
    The New York World’s Fairs in 3D: A Stereoscopic Projection Show
  • Robert Munn and Sandra Cook of the Depthography Group will be presenting their “World’s Fairs in 3D” Stereoscopic Projection Show. The show consists of over 28 full color View-Master stero views of the 1939-40 Fair and over 128 views of the 1964-65 Fair, including images of the ruins and aftermath of the events. Robert Munn has presented his 3-D photography using 3-D polarized projection since the 1980's. Tickets for this event are $10; 3D glasses will be provided.

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH 2:30-4:00 PM
    Film Screening: To Be Alive!; To The Fair!; and Unisphere: The Biggest World on Earth
  • Three short films will be shown about the 1964 World’s Fair. To Be Alive! is a short documentary film co-directed by Francis Thompson and Alexander Hammid and was designed to celebrate the common ground between different cultures by tracing how children in various parts of the world mature into adulthood.