Come see historic photos and maps of Flushing from the library’s archival collections and join the Queens Memory story circle. Find out more about your neighborhood and share your recollections of living and working in Queens. Learn how your family’s history can be part of the library’s permanent local history collections.
Queens Memory events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For additional information, contact us.
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Jazz, doo-wop, hip hop, and gospel: St. Albans has a history with a big soundtrack by local artists. Come hear live neighborhood storytellers and the recordings that touched their lives. See historic photos and maps of St Albans and bring your own family’s history and photos to share in the library's digital archives collections. The Queens Memory team will be on hand to scan and save them to a free flash drive that you can take home.
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Learn how to conduct a great interview to capture the history of your family or neighborhood as a Queens Memory volunteer. You will learn how to prepare for an interview, how to ask good questions, make a high-quality recording, and how to submit your completed interview to the library. We will meet in the main floor conference room at the Central Library (89-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432).
Saturday October 27 2018
Join us for an engaging program created in partnership with the city-wide re: imagine End of Life initiative to explore legacy and communication around end of life wishes. Mother and daughter, Fay Hoh and Monona Yin, will share stories from, "Riding with the Wind: Three Generations of My Family in China.” The book was a life changing project that taught their family a new way to think about legacy and end of life planning. When Fay Hoh Yin expressed her end-of-life wishes to daughter, Monona, in 2015 their relationship and lives improved. After a discussion of the book, Dr. Dawn Gross and her team will lead an activity to jump start our conversations with loved ones about end of life wishes and the stories we want to leave behind.
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Join neighborhood storytellers who share the past, present, and the future they see when they look at Cambria Heights. Examine historic photos and maps of Cambria Heights from the library’s collections, and bring your own family’s stories and photos to share. The Queens Memory team will be on hand to scan and save them to a free flash drive that you can take home.
Thursday, January 10th, 2019
Join current and aspiring Queens Memory volunteers to see the Black Heritage Reference Collection at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona. Volunteers in the Vaults is a public, bi-monthly social gathering for Queens Memory volunteers and the general public. Attendees have the chance to discuss their ideas for Queens-related oral history projects and network with Queens Memory volunteers and staff. Event will be upstairs in the auditorium. RSVP to email@example.com
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
This special Volunteers in the Vaults event will be hosted by the staff of the Queens College Special Collections and Archives. Archives staff will open their vaults to share some treasures from their collections with current and aspiring Queens Memory volunteers. Please join us! Volunteers in the Vaults is a public, bi-monthly program for Queens Memory volunteers and at the general public interested in learning about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Attendees have the chance to discuss their ideas for Queens-related oral history projects and network with Queens Memory volunteers and staff. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org