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

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

  • SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH 2:00-4:30 PM
    Exhibition Opening & Reception
  • Join us as we celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens!

    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 other houses of worship for a variety of faiths among the sights. Highlights will also include such architectural landmarks as Newtown High School -- alma mater of both Rise Stevens and Grace Lee Boggs (two of the "Six Outstanding Women of Queens" honored in the QHS exhibit) -- 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 from Middleburg to Newtown to Elmhurst over the years, and what ever happened to those famous gas tanks. Meet outside the Georgia Diner on the north side of Queens Blvd. at 55th Ave. (one block east of the Grand Ave-Newtown R subway station). 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. $15 QHS Members/$20 Non-members, visit to purchase tickets.

  • SUNDAY, JULY 26TH 2:30-4:30 PM
    Film Screening of Modern Ruin
  • Modern Ruin tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect as well as the recent advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure. Mainspring Pictures Ltd Presents, an Aquarela Pictures Production, in association with People for the Pavilion "Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion". Written, directed, and edited by Matthew Silva. Executive producers, Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst. Matthew Silva is a teacher, filmmaker, and Co-founder of People for the Pavilion. Born in Flushing but raised in Suffolk County, Matthew would pass the New York State Pavilion and like many people, would wonder what it was. His curiosity has led him making a film about the structure in an effort to make it easier for people to learn about its significance. Matthew is a believer in design and its power to change communities, politics, the environment, and the world. Limited seating available, tickets are $10 per person, visit to purchase tickets.

  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND 2:30-4:30 PM
    Arleen Mercorella Book Talk & Signing
  • Written candidly by Frances's daughter, Arleen Mercorella, A Matter of Survival: The Story of Frances, is a testament to the ability to overcome life's challenges—a true inspiration for those facing hardships of any type in their lives. Born to Italian immigrants in 1917; Frances' father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all. And when a rift in the family left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, things managed to get even worse: she was taken away to an orphanage, left in the care of stern nuns who never offered the hysterically crying six-year-old an ounce of comfort. This inspiring true story documents the incredible life of Frances, and how she has faced each instance of adversity and prejudice in her life armed with sweetness and grace. Arleen Mercorella was born and raised in Queens, New York. In addition to her experiences in the business world, Arleen also completed several college writing courses, leading her to develop a style of her own and find success in a variety of business writing projects. Arleen also became a licensed New York City tour guide and started her own company out of her love for New York City and her passion for knowledge. For the past five years, Arleen and her husband have been retired and living in the Wilmington area of North Carolina.

  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH 2:30-4:30 PM
    The History of Parkway Village Lecture
  • Judith Guttman, President of Parkway Village Historical Society, will be presenting a lecture on the history of the area of Queens. The 35-acre co-op community was built in the late 1940s, originally intended to house staff members of the United Nations. While proposals to designate Parkway as a landmark were rejected at least twice — in 1997 and 2000 — by the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission, it is now part of the National Register of Historic Places. "As a community struggling to survive and flourish in challenging economic times, it is gratifying for long-time Parkway residents like me to witness the official recognition of Parkway Village's illustrious history," said Guttman, "I'm proud to be a Villager."

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH 2:30-4:00 PM
  • More info to follow.

    Smithsonian Museum Day Live
  • In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, 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 27TH 2:30-4:30 PM
    QHS Annual Meeting