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For over fifty 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

  • 19th 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 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

  • COMING THIS SUMMER!


    "Toys from Your Attic" - The next exhibit at the Kingsland Homestead.



    Great news - YOU have a chance to participate. Trustee Joseph Brostek who is curating the exhibit invites you to (carefully) look in your attic for any old classic toys and games you might like to have displayed in the exhibit which will run for a full year! Wouldn't it be fun to bring your children and/or grandchildren to see toys that YOU played with as a child?

    The deadline for submissions is the end of May. If you have something to offer, please contact us at: Info@queenshistoricalsociety.orgor phone 718-939-0647 ext. 14. If you are unable to attend the exhibit, we will send you a photo of your contribution on display. So don't delay. Here is your chance to be a part of history.




  • SUNDAY, MAY 15 @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM


  • GENEALOGY WORKSHOP



    At the Queens Historical Society, one of the most common requests we have are people researching their own family history. If you've ever wanted to learn how genealogical research is done, or how to research your own family tree, now's your chance! On May 15th, we will be joined by Genealogist Wilhelmina Kelly and Regent of the New York chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Cate Ludlum. If you've ever wanted a place to start in discovering your family tree, don't miss out on this event!

    $5 QHS Members, Students & Seniors; $8 General Admission




  • SUNDAY, MAY 22 @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM


  • "CORONA: THE EARLY YEARS" BOOK TALK



    On May 22nd, we will hold a book talk with Jason D. Antos, a co-author of "Corona: The Early Years", published just this past December. Learn about the neighborhood's development in the mid-1800's, the history of the National Race Course, and the impact of the Tiffany Glass Company from the author himself. As always, light refreshments will be served. Keep a look out for further details on our website and social media outlets.

    $5 QHS Members, Students & Seniors; $8 General Admission