Events

Queens Memory events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For additional information, contact us.



Monday, June 17th, 2019

Jackson Heights ( 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM )

Come listen and share with us in a three-part listening event series to celebrate the launch of the first season of the Queens Memory Podcast, “Memories of Migration.” The podcast draws from oral history recordings with Queens residents. At each event, we will listen to a full episode from the season, followed by a talk-back session with a featured storyteller from the episode.

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Langston Hughes ( 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM )

This hands-on workshop with Sharon Wilkins, Deputy Borough Historian of Manhattan, will focus on genealogy research for African American families. Researchers of all backgrounds are welcome. Join us for a fun exploration of how to get started on your family research, methods of keeping your information organized, and the best ways to make use of the many local resources available to genealogists.

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Middle Village ( 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM )

Come listen and share with us in a three-part listening event series to celebrate the launch of the first season of the Queens Memory Podcast, “Memories of Migration.” The podcast draws from oral history recordings with Queens residents. At each event, we will listen to a full episode from the season, followed by a talk-back session with a featured storyteller from the episode.

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Flushing ( 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM )

Are you interested in learning more about genealogy research for Chinese ancestors? Join us for this entertaining and informative presentation by experienced researcher, Amy Chin. For decades, Ms. Chin’s family carefully saved records, objects, and other personal artifacts of their immigration past. Join Ms. Chin for a behind the scenes look at how she pieced together her family’s history using public archives, libraries, oral histories as well as centuries-old genealogy books from China.

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Ridgewood ( 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM )

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library and the Queens Memory Project are working together to gather rare images of Ridgewood to add to the library’s digital archives. Bring your photos from home on one of the drop-in dates and volunteers will help you record all the information about them. Photos will be sent off to the digitization lab to be scanned and saved to a flash drive for you to keep! You will be notified once your images are back at the Ridgewood Library for pickup.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368 ( 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM )

Join the Queens Memory team at the Queens Museum for the opening of the “Making Community Story Quilts” exhibition! The exhibit features a handmade quilt created at the Flushing Library in a series of workshops last summer. To make the quilt, artist Naomi Kuo led community members and guest artists from across Queens in an exploration of textile arts, storytelling, skill sharing, and audio electronics. The quilt they created captured their families' migration stories, through both visual design and in audio recordings you can hear by pressing buttons on the quilt.
After brief introductory remarks, visitors will be able to explore the exhibit as well as contribute to it by embroidering on our fabric map of Queens! Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, July 18th 2019

Latimer House 34-41 137th St, Flushing, NY 11354 ( 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM )

This special Volunteers in the Vaults event will be hosted by the staff of the Lewis H. Latimer House in Flushing.

The house served as the home of the African-American inventor Lewis Howard Latimer from 1903-1928 and is now operated as a museum dedicated to the inventor's work. Lewis H. Latimer, who was born in 1848, was determined to overcome his lack of formal education and taught himself mechanical drawing while in the Union Navy and became an expert draftsman. He played a critical role in the development of the telephone and, as Edison’s chief draftsman, he invented and patented the carbon filament, a significant improvement in the production of the incandescent light bulb. Over the course of his career, Latimer supervised the installation of street lighting and the construction of electric plants in many American cities, as well as London and Montreal. Latimer House staff will have special treasures prepared for us.

Attendees will be able to engage with special treasures prepared for us, will have the chance to discuss their ideas for Queens-related oral history projects, and network with Queens Memory volunteers and staff.
Please join us! RSVP to digitalarchives@queenslibrary.org

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Ridgewood ( 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM )

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library and the Queens Memory Project are working together to gather rare images of Ridgewood to add to the library’s digital archives. Bring your photos from home on one of the drop-in dates and volunteers will help you record all the information about them. Photos will be sent off to the digitization lab to be scanned and saved to a flash drive for you to keep! You will be notified once your images are back at the Ridgewood Library for pickup.

Sunday, July 28 2019

Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NY 11368 ( 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM )

Join the Queens Memory team at the Queens Museum for an afternoon of story sharing. The theme is "Memories of Migration," in honor of the exhibition “Making Community Story Quilts,” which closes today. The exhibit features a handmade quilt created at the Flushing Library in a series of workshops over the summer of 2018. To create the quilt, artist Naomi Kuo led community members and guest artists from across Queens in an exploration of textile arts, storytelling, skill sharing, and audio electronics. The quilt they created captured their families' migration stories, through both visual design and in audio recordings you can hear by pressing buttons on the quilt. At this story-sharing day, we will pick up on their theme to share stories of our families' migrations and the homes we have known throughout our lives. We will also play a game of Memory Kaleidoscope -- a visual storytelling card game that uses selected artworks to encourage people to share personal memories while practicing active listening. Please join us for this thoughtful program!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Lefrak City ( 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM )

Learn how to conduct a great interview to capture the history of your family or neighborhood as a Queens Memory volunteer interviewer. Queens Memory volunteers are working all over the borough to collect residents' stories and photos for safekeeping in the Queens Public Library digital archives. You will learn how to prepare, how to ask good questions, how to make a high-quality recording, and how to submit your completed interview to the library. RSVP to Josselyn.Atahualpa@queenslibrary.org

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside, NY 11359 ( 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM )

This special Volunteers in the Vaults event will be hosted by the staff of the Bayside Historical Society, located in "The Castle" at Fort Totten! The Castle, built in 1887, was originally used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the Officers’ Mess Hall and Club.

Attendees will be able to engage with special treasures prepared for us by the BHS staff, and will have the chance to discuss their ideas for Queens-related oral history projects and network with Queens Memory volunteers and staff.

Please join us! RSVP to digitalarchives@queenslibrary.org

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Long Island City ( 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM )

Do you have a canister of 8mm film or a VHS tape in your closet that you’ve always wanted to watch, but don't have the equipment? Do you have family home movies you’re trying to keep safe for future generations? Join us on Home Movie Day 2019 to screen your movie and get help from preservation experts! This free event will include Home Movie Bingo (with prizes!) and other fun interactions with these rare and entertaining treasures. Film, CDs, DVDs, hard drives and videotape welcome!

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Long Island City Community Library, 37-44 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101 ( 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM )

Do you have a canister of 8mm film in your closet that you’ve always wanted to watch, but have no way of projecting? Do you have family home movies you’re trying to keep safe for future generations? Join us on Home Movie Day 2019 to screen your film and get help from film preservation experts! This free event will include Home Movie Bingo and other fun interactions with these rare and entertaining treasures on film. Film, optical media, and videotape welcome!