Past Exhibitions at QHS

Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens

The Queens Historical Society presents their newest exhibition, Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens. Featuring women from diverse fields and backgrounds, who at one point in their lives lived and worked in Queens, the exhibition highlights the life and work of Helen Keller, Betty Friedan, Rise Stevens, Lisa Randall, Grace Lee Boggs, and Yeou-Cheng Ma. This exhibition serves as an introduction to six extraordinary women who lived in Queens at critical and significant times in their lives. They have not been selected because they are either the six most exceptional women or the six most famous women of Queens, but rather because their lives are examples of what living a meaningful life is—a life of personal achievement and a life that helps others. Also on display is an interactive installation of handmade sea glass-like objects by artist M. J. Levy Dickson, as an homage to Helen Keller. On view from June 27, 2015 until May 2016.

Remembering Yesterday-Queens and It's World's Fairs

The exhibition itself is a pictorial account of people and their collections from and recollections of the fairs. The exhibit occupies the entire main floor of the historic Kingsland Homestead. The first room pertains mostly to the 1939 World's Fair. Included in the self guided brochure for the exhibit are facts about the fairs and how the people who attended the fairs travelled there. The second room of the exhibit pertains to the 1964/5 World's Fair and artifacts from our collection. We are especially grateful to Patty Clark for the items she has loaned to us for this and our satellite exhibits. On view from June 2014-May 2015

Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens

The exhibition Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens is a historical account of Quakers in Queens. The Society of Religious Friends, more commonly termed Quakers, had an influence upon the ideals which were the basis of the establishment of the United States of America. Queens was the first place in colonial America where Quakers were accepted—and contested; it was here that the Quakers put their principles - simplicity, equality, integrity, community, equality and stewardship- into action and were persecuted for these beliefs. Equality is the most contentious principle; some view it as an end, others as a means. Queens Quakers viewed it as a means over the last three and one-half centuries. This exhibition relates the journey which has been marked by an audacious and frequently irregular path to equality via the means of practicing equality. On view from June June 2013-May 2014