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.
19th Annual Art & History Contest
SUNDAY, May 1st FROM 1:00-3:00PM
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
SUNDAY, APRIL 24 @ 2:30PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 30 @ 10:30AM
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:
QUEENS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ATTN: EDUCATION/ART CONTEST
143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354
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: http://elmhurstwalkingtour.eventbrite.com to RSVP.
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.
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.
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!***