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

  • Community Conversations for Kids: 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance A New York Council for the Humanities Community Conversations for Kids Workshop is coming to the Queens Historical Society! Our very own Karyn Balan will be guiding the children and their family members through Jeanette Winter's book, September Roses, followed by a discussion and activity. This event is free for children and their adult companions.

  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    Museum Day Live!
  • In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    QHS Annual Meeting & Tag Sale
    Open House New York
  • Celebrating the city's architecture, design history and cultural institutions, the 12th Annual Open House New York Weekend is here! Come visit us for a house tour and view our current exhibition, Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its World's Fairs.

  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH - 2:30-4:00 PM
    Peace Through Understanding: The 1964-65 New York World's Fair
  • Filmmakers Terri Marlowe and Curtis Cates' documentary, Peace Through Understanding: The 1964/65 New York World's Fair, interweaves recollections of numerous World's Fair participants with archival footage, photos and period music for a behind-the-scenes and historical account of the event. It incorporates three main themes: it is a story of dreams realized and not; it conveys the feeling of a city built and torn down; and it illuminates the small world of peace through understanding which was envisioned but not achieved. Rather than a stock "day-at-the-fair" movie, the story is told from numerous viewpoints by the men and women who were there and involved at many levels (pavilion owners, operators and employees; representatives of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair Corporation; fairgoers; historians; collectors and curators). They offer insights not only into the Fair, but into the times in which it occurred; the film incorporates their reminiscences and insights into the historical context of the event and the site itself as it evolved from an ash dump to the 1939/40 New York World's Fair to the temporary headquarters of the United Nations to the 1964/65 World's Fair and then, in 1967, to its current state as a New York City park. Film by BBQ Productions, 90-minutes.

  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST - 2:00-4:00 PM
    Flushing Cemetery Walking Tour
  • Cosponsored by the Queens Historical Society and the Voelker Orth Museum, this walking tour of Flushing Cemetery will take a look at the history and horticulture, as well as the notable people of Queens who are buried there. Tickets must be bought in advance, visit to get tickets. Rain date will be in Spring 2015. No refunds.

  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH - 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
    Willets Point Walking Tour
  • East of Citifield (the New York Mets baseball stadium) is a sewer-less hardscrabble area of auto junkyards and related businesses that has twice beaten back attempts at redevelopment. But as it is located between the new stadium and a booming Chinatown in Flushing, public and private interests are again trying to transform "Willets Point" and build a shopping mall to the west of the stadium. We'll walk to the area from central Flushing to understand its important setting, confront political, economic and ecological issues and learn why "Willets Point" is a misnomer. Conducted by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian. Sponsored jointly by the City Club (CC) and the Queens Historical Society (QHS). Fees: $20/$15 for members of CC or QHS. Proceeds collected on site and will be split between CC and QHS. Potential attendees are asked to preregister with Jack Eichenbaum via email at; tour limited to 35 participants, a waiting list will be kept should preregistration exceed that number.

  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH - 2:30-4:30 PM
    History and Highlights of a World's Fair, Part 2
  • We are very excited to welcome back World's Fair historian Pierre Montiel for his third lecture at QHS which will focus on the people of the 1964-1965 World's Fair held in Flushing, NY! His interest in the Fairs goes back to when he was a 12 year-old boy visiting the 1964 Fair on a weekly basis and fondly remembers the Belgium Waffles.

  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH - 1:00-5:00 PM
    27TH Annual Holiday Historic House Tour
  • More information to follow soon!