Queens Historical Society (Kingsland Homestead)
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Unknown, 1785; Restoration, 1968

Founded in 1968 as a not-for-profit organization, the Queens Historical Society (QHS) is the largest and most active historical society in the borough and the only one with a borough-wide scope and impact. It promotes and provides assistance for research into social, political, and economic aspects of Queens history and documents the constant changes that continue to shape the borough. It maintains an archive and library of primary and secondary sources of historical information for students, historians and the public. The organization was founded when a group of concerned citizens and local preservationists joined together to save the historic Kingsland Homestead in Flushing from being demolished. The group, the Kingsland Preservation Committee, would evolve into the Queens Historical Society in the 1970's. QHS also later became a repository for the former Flushing Historical Society and their collection, as well as the photo collection of the Flushing Garden Club and the Flushing Council Women's Organization.

Today, QHS offers programs geared to a range of ages from elementary school students to senior citizens. Historical, cultural, and artistic aspects of the borough are explored through exhibitions and outreach programs including slide lectures, panel discussions, tours, and concerts. QHS stocks and offers a catalog of history-related publications available for sale as well as other items of historic and cultural interest, QHS also publishes a quarterly newsletter.

This site is part of the Historic House Trust of NYC, a non-profit organization operating in tandem with the NYC Parks Department that provides essential support for 23 houses of architectural and cultural significance, spanning 350+ years of New York City life.

Access Notes: Our ground floor only is wheelchair accessible. The second floor, unfortunately is not.


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