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

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 30TH 12:00-2:30 PM
    Quaker Flushing Walking Tour
  • Well before the establishment of William Penn's Quaker refuge in Pennsylvania, Quakers had migrated from intolerant New England towns to Flushing where "freedom of conscience" was promised by the Dutch West India company. The Flushing Remonstrance was proclaimed in 1657 to oppose Governor Stuyvesant's attempt to ban Quaker practice. This walk will visit: the 1694 Quaker Meeting House, Bowne House, the sites of the Remonstrance , and George Fox's monument. Influences of Flushing's Quaker nurserymen will be discussed. The tour will end at Kingsland Manor, home to the Queens Historical Society, to view the exhibit Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens and enjoy light refrements. Sponsored as a fund raiser by the Queens Historical Society; $15/$20 member/non-member includes QHS entrance and refreshments. Tour begins & meets at NW corner of Main St/37 Ave (Flushing #7). Reservations required (wait list after 25); fee collected at tour. Email Jack Eichenbaum:

  • SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Anniversary Lecture
  • As a pre-programming event for our next exhibition and to help mark the 75th anniversary of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Mary Hedge, Archivist for MTA Bridges & Tunnels, and one of the bridge engineers will be discussing the unique aspects of the bridge, its ultra sleek design and the many measures that have been taken since the year after it opened to make it more wind resistant.

  • SUNDAY, May 4TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    Gus Schumacher: Farming in Flushing
  • An authority on all things food, Gus Schumacher's family has been in the farming industry since his great-grandfather emigrated in 1848 from Germany to New York and rented some land in the city. His grandfather, Fred Schumacher, was born on their farm in 1865 and then moved the family's farm in 1888 to Flushing, where they farmed in Queens County until 1968.

  • SUNDAY, MAY 18TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    Art Contest Award Presentation
  • Let's celebrate the wonderful artwork and essays from the winners of our 17th Annual Art & History contest, which was open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in Queens. Congratulations to all!

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 8TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    Genealogy Workshop
  • QHS is happy to welcome back Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelley and the Daughters of the American Revolution for another genealogy discussion and workshop. The Queens chapter of D.A.R. is one of the first in the organization's history that was started by a black woman: Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly.

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 22ND - 2:30-4:30 PM
    History and Highlights of a World's Fair
  • Join World's Fair Historian Pierre Montiel for his second lecture at QHS which will cover the World's Fairs held in Flushing, NY. His interest in the Fairs goes back to when he was a 12 year-old boy visiting the 1964-1965 Fair on a weekly basis and fondly remembers the Belgium Waffles.