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For over forty years, the Queens Historical Society has been actively preserving and celebrating the history and heritage of Queens, New York.

Kingsland Homestead - Home of the QHS

Built between 1774 and 1785, the Kingsland Homestead is one of the earliest surviving examples of residential style construction common throughout Long Island, specifically Queens, in the late 18th and 19th centuries. A Long Island half-house, it is characterized by a wide side hall and double parlors off to one side. Other features include a central chimney between the side parlors, a dependent kitchen wing, and three front windows on the second floor.

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Upcoming Events at Queens Historical Society

  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 2:30-4:30 PM
    Film Screening-- Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way
  • Keeping with the Queens Historical Society's theme this year of inspiring women, QHS will be screening a gripping 85-minute documentary on the life of trailblazer, Geraldine Ferraro. The film features her early childhood and years in public service—including her time as District Attorney here in Queens—through her campaign to be the first female Vice President of the United States. $5 QHS Members, Students & Seniors; $8 General Admission for all lectures/events, unless otherwise stated.

    Walking Tour of Forest Hills with Adrienne Onofri
  • Forest Hills, one of NYC's most desirable residential neighborhoods, has a rich heritage. Its centerpiece is Forest Hills Gardens, an enclave of beautiful freestanding houses and village greens that was designed on the "garden city" model and has influenced urban planners to this day. Other sights on the tour include historically significant locales of Forest Hills, along with landmarked buildings, abundant Tudor and Art Deco architecture, and gathering spots that have remained popular for generations in the community. In addition, the tour will visit places associated with local ethnic populations as well as those with a connection to various celebrities who've lived in Forest Hills -- including author/activist Helen Keller, one of the "Six Outstanding Women of Queens" celebrated in the Queens Historical Society's current exhibition.

    Adrienne Onofri is a travel writer and licensed sightseeing guide and the author of the new book Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City's Largest Borough.

    Rain date: November 15

    See for more details and to purchase tickets.

  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH @ 12:30-5:00 PM
  • Seven historic sites in Queens will be opening their decorated doors to celebrate the holiday season on Sunday December 6, 2015 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Come learn about these NYC Landmark houses and their unique histories! Each site offers special activities, delicious refreshments, and a glimpse at what life was once like during the holidays at this fun-filled annual event. Participating sites include: The Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, Bowne House, and the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

    Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased online at or from the Queens Historical Society.

    $20 presale tickets/$25 at the door day of the event
    Children under 12 are $10