All posts by Henry Qiu

Discussion: History and Commerce in the Old and New Netherlands

In the past, this discussion on the “History and Commerce in the Old and New Netherlands” led by Jack Eichenbaum took place in January 2017. Now after a year and half, Jack has some new insights to share after ruminating on the subject and the “geo-synchronous” parallels it provides.

On September 30th, from 2:30PM thru 4:30PM in the Queens Historical Society, the talk will be held again. There will be a small admission charge to cover light refreshments, but anyone representing Dutch or Belgian commerical or diplomatic interests are invited freely so long as they inform Jack Eichenbuam in advance. Inform him by calling 718-961-8406 and feel free to communicate any opinions or information you can impart on the subject.

Jack Eichenbaum was appointed Queens Borough Historian eight years ago, and one of the priorities he has set out to do is establish local awareness of how Nederlanders influenced the growth, singularity and success of NYC compared to its English colonial counterparts.

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Annual Honey Harvest Festival

Bee Smart!  Don’t miss the annual celebration of all things honeybees!                                                                                

Beekeeper tending to bees at Voelker Orth Museum

The bees are busy in the summer and honey harvest time arrives on Wednesday, August 22 from 1:00PM to 3:30PM. Join us for tasty, fun, and informative activities for all ages.  See how the Voelker Orth Museum’s beekeeper harvests honey. Make bee-inspired art. Sample different types of honey from different regions. Learn what it takes to make a bee friendly garden.  Enjoy Betty’s Zip Punch (the house punch made from Voelker Orth garden grapes) and honey-flavored treats.

Admission $4. and $10 for a family. Children under 3 admitted free.

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Hip to Hip Theatre – Shakespeare in the Garden

From family betrayals to fairy tale endings, from magical storms to miraculous potions, King Lear and All’s Well That Ends Well delve into seduction, violence, and the courage it takes to be an outsider. Hip to Hip Theatre bring their two new productions into the Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden.

Come early! Starting at 7:00pm, Kids & the Classics is the companion piece to Hip to Hip’s performances. This free interactive workshop is offered 30 minutes before every performance, and is designed for children ages 4 to 12. It introduces children to the characters and situations, creating links between the play and their own lives through theatre games and reading of text.

Fun for the whole family! All performances are free and open to the public. Seating provided in the Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden is also accessible for wheelchairs.  Performances run 90 minutes. Note: The performance is cancelled in the event of rain.

Performances are:

All’s Well That Ends Well on Friday, August 10 @ 7:30 pm

Having restored the King’s health. Helena requests Count Bertram’s hand in marriage but he flees.  Shakespeare’s courageous heroine must stop at nothing to bring him home.

King Lear on Friday, August 17 @ 7:30 pm

The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters based on their love for him. Misunderstandings ensue. Shakespeare’s     spectacular tragedy pits good against evil as the exiled princess returns to claim the throne.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Queens Historical Society!

Date: Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
Location: Kingsland Homestead
143-35 37th Ave, Flushing, NY
Time: 5:30pm
Price: $30 per person; tickets will be available at Queens Historical Society.
Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian and QHS Board member, will lead a walking tour from Queens Historical Society at Kingsland Homestead to the two prior locations of Kingsland in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Flushing. The tour will commence at Kingsland Homestead on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM and include historical sites en route as well as features of the expanding Korean community in the neighborhood. The tour will end less than two hours later at Kingsland Homestead with light refreshments. A fee of $30 is requested for participants, please pay via check.
*Only 30 people can be accommodated, first come first served.
Link the tour here or visit the Eventbrite page here.
Find Yourself Here!

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Garden Creativi-Tea: Art Workshops

All ages welcome! Our family-friendly summer art workshops are back. Make and take home your own creations.  Each week we combine art with some nature in the  garden, and a refreshing glass of iced tea on the side.

Victorian garden-inspired collage, giant colorful “spider webs” and with your own fuzzy crawlers, painted planters, something to grow on your window-sill.

Each week we’ll feature a different project. For a full schedule visit our website or call. On rainy and hot days, the program moves indoors.

Admission: $4 individual, or $10 family, per session.  Children under 3 admitted free.

Every project starts from 1PM to 3:30PM every Wednesday starting from July 11 thru August 8th.

July 11              Breezy Butterflies! It’s an afternoon to create butterfly mobiles, a perfect item to bring the summer spirit into your home. We’ll look for some butterflies in the garden for inspiration, too.

July 18              It’s all about spiders – mostly colorful imaginary ones. Help build our giant colorful web, and make your own fuzzy spiders to take home.

July 25              Pretty Pots for Pretty Herbs & Flowers: We have the brushes, paint, and stencils to decorate terra cotta planters to adorn you window sills or terrace.  We provide the materials in a bountiful garden.  You can also start a plant, if you want one for your planter.

August 1           It’s for the birds! We will be assembling birds’ nests from natural and man-made materials and will share a collection of actual nests to see how birds construct them.  If you haven’t done any bird-watching, we’d be happy to provide an introduction.

August 8           What is a Victorian garden?  We’ll introduce you to our Victorian garden features and invite everyone to design their own fanciful garden collage.

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Tinker Lab Summer Camp 2018

The Tinker Lab is the key educational program at Lewis H. Latimer House Museum to serve high-quality, innovative hands-on activities treating science and technology as an integral part of the humanities. In the Tinker Lab, participants use an array of technologies such as Scratch, Ev3, and Wedo, and build from scratch using various micro-controllers, proto-boards, and coding programs. The museum sees the drive to build in three-dimensional spaces and coding as an invaluable 21st century literacy skill set.

This summer, Tinker Lab will be focusing on:

Participants will explore electricity, circuitry, and programming, using a micro-controller named Makey Makey. In addition to creative exercises participants will work in groups to create and program a set of electronic instruments and will play them at the culminating event.


Have you ever seen clothing with built-in lights? This may sound like something out of a science fiction movie. Electronic textiles or E-Textiles really exist. In the project, you will build a light-up dance glove used to put on your very own light show at our culminating event.

Fee: $280 for 10 sessions, $150 for 5 sessions, 3 hours/session. Register here.

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