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.

  • 20th 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 20, 2017. Each of the winners will receive a gift card and all participants receive certificates! The deadline for this year's submissions is April 15, 2017.


    Please send or deliver entries:
    QUEENS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
    ATTN: EDUCATION/ART CONTEST
    143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354




    “Jacob Riis Settlement House: Past, Present & Future” - Sunday, April 23 at 2:30pm


    Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House is one of the oldest Settlement Houses in NYC. Founded by a group of Episcopal Church women on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1890, it has been headquartered in the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City- the largest public housing development in the United States- since 1950. Since then, the organization has provided holistic place-based services for the children, youth, families, and seniors of Western Queens and is one of 38 Settlement Houses in New York City. Its current Executive Director, Christopher Hanway will discuss the organization’s history, its namesake and early supporter-photojournalist and social reformer Jacob A. Riis, its role in the Settlement House movement and in the borough of Queens, and its current programs and offerings as the organization enters its 127th year.



    Admission:
    $5 General Admission
    $3 Seniors/Students
    Free for QHS Members




    Please join us March 26 at 2:30pm, for a film screening presented by author/filmmaker and environmentalist Dan Hendrick


    "Saving Jamaica Bay" tells the story of how one community fought government inaction and overcame Hurricane Sandy to clean up and restore the largest open space in New York City.




    Admission:
    $5 General Admission
    $3 Seniors/Students
    Free for QHS Members



    Join us at the Queens Historical Society on March 12th at 2:30pm-4:30pm as we meet with Adolfo Steve Vazquez - an accomplished photographer!


    He started off on Instagram where he is now widely known and has over 14.8k followers. His latest work is titled “Queens (as the world’s) Village: Know your Neighborhood” where he explores the cultural indifference of this particular area in Queens. His use of photography to show the world of Queens is exceptional and combined with his amazing use of colors, it makes him a necessary part of Queens’ culture.



    Admission:
    $5 General Admission
    $3 Seniors/Students
    Free for QHS Members




    "History and Commerce in the Old and the New Netherlands"
    by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum


    WEDNESDAY, January 25th, 2017 7:00PM



    As we prepare to welcome the New Year, let's not forget about the past! Join us for an evening lecture on the history of the old and new Netherlands.

    The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce (GFCC) and the Queens Historical Society (QHS) are co-hosting the following presentation at the Queens Historical Society:

    The content of this presentation is derived from historical and geographical research and Dr. Eichenbaum's 2016 visit to historic Vlissingen (Flushing's namesake) and Antwerp, Belgium, also on the Scheldt river, a major commercial waterway.

    Dr. Eichenbaum is an urban geographer and the Queens Borough Historian.

    Suggested admission: QHS and GFCC members by donation, others, $5; Light refreshments



    Kingsland: Past to Present


    Now on display in our main hallway is an exhibit on the history of the Kingsland Homestead and the family that made it their home for over 100 years.

  • COMING THIS SUMMER!


    Toys & Games From the Attic and Beyond!


    Step back into your childhood and experience the magic of the toys of yesteryear. Indulge yourself in nostalgia, learn about toys and games from across the world, and discover toys you've never even heard of! On view from July 2016 to June 2017.


    Kingsland: Past to Present


    Now on display in our main hallway is an exhibit on the history of the Kingsland Homestead and the family that made it their home for over 100 years.

  • SATURDAY, JULY 16 & AUGUST 13 @ 10:00AM


  • Community Conversations for Kids



    Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, the Queens Historical Society will be hosting two Community Conversations for Kids programs this summer. We invite all upper elementary and middle school students to join us on July 16th for a conversation on Immigration and on August 13th for a conversation on Democracy. For more information and to RSVP, please visit:
    https://communityconversationsforkidsimmigration.eventbrite.com
    OR
    https://communityconversationforkidsdemocracy.eventbrite.com
    This is a FREE event!

  • SATURDAY JULY 23 & AUGUST 27 @ 10:00AM


  • Colonial Craft Corner



    Bring your child for a day of Colonial arts and crafts meant just for them! This is an educational event designed for students with special needs. Your child will learn about the toys and games from Colonial times, play with Jacob's Ladders, and get to make their very own Cornhusk dolls!
    Tickets are $20 and include admission for one student and one accompanying parent/guardian.
    QHS members and groups of 5 or more will receive 25% off!
    For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:
    https://colonialcraftcornerjuly23.eventbrite.com
    OR
    https://colonialcraftcorneraug27.eventbrite.com

  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 @ 2:00-4:00PM


  • Bilingual Flushing Freedom Mile Tour



    We will be holding a Flushing Freedom Mile Tour in both English and Spanish. Learn about many of the historic sites in Flushing and their associations with activist movements, fighting for the rights we have today and—for some—even the Underground Railroad! This is a walking tour, and will meet in front of the Kingsland Homestead (143-35 37th Avenue Flushing, NY 11354) at 2PM. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to:
    https://bilingualflushingfreedommiletour.eventbrite.com
    QHS Members: $15; QHS Nonmembers: $20; Children: $8

  • DOMINGO 7 DE AGOSTO, DE 2:00-4:00PM


  • Tour Bilingüe "Flushing Freedom Mile Tour"



    La Sociedad Histórica de Queens llevará a cabo el tour "Flushing Freedom Mile Tour". Aprende acerca de los muchos lugares de interés histórico en Flushing, sus asociaciones con movimientos activistas (los cuales continúan luchando por los derechos que tenemos hoy) e información histórica sobre el ferrocarril subterráneo. Este tour es un recorrido a pie, y sus participantes se reunirán delante del Kingsland Homestead (143-35 37th Avenue Flushing, NY 11354) a las 2 pm. Se llevará a cabo simultáneamente dos tours, uno en Inglés y otro en Español.
    https://bilingualflushingfreedommiletour.eventbrite.com
    Costo para Socios QHS: $15 Costo para No socios: $20; Costo para niños: $8


$5 QHS Members, Students & Seniors; $8 General Admission for all lectures/events, unless otherwise stated.


Please note that the museum and offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas: Thursday December 24th and Friday, December 25th
  • New Year's Eve and New Year's Day: Thursday December 31st and Friday, January 1st, 2016.