by Michael Hsu, 01/28/2014 [Updated 02/04/2015]
Photo: Julienne Schaer
Queens Historical Society
143-135 37th Ave., 718-939-0647
Housed in the storied Kingsland Homestead, the Queens Historical Society preserves the borough's 300-year history through photographs, historical documents and art. The museum's collection, which ranges from handwritten letters from the 1700s and daguerreotype photos from the 1850s to sculptures and paintings from the 20th century, paints a vivid portrait of the broad experiences of the borough's residents. The Wolcott family papers, for example, include letters written between a mother and her daughters that provide a glimpse into the daily lives of women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The diary of William King Murray, meanwhile, captures the life of a teenager in the 1850s. In addition to on-site tours, the society also offers walking tours of other historical sites in Queens, including the Flushing Cemetery.