Letter From Executive Director Marisa Berman

Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows  located at: 61- 43 186th Street
Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows
located at: 61- 43 186th Street
Here at QHS we have been working on many interesting projects for Autumn that celebrate the vast collection and resources of the Society. One project I‟m exited to announce is a new display of almost 40 historic images from the QHS collection that are now on permanent display in a new building – the Executive Office Centre at Fresh Meadows.
The building, which officially opened on September 1st 2010, is a state of the art office center that offers full service executive suites and virtual office options to businesses looking to rent commercial office space in the borough of Queens or Long Island.

The images – which depict life in Queens from the late 19th century through the 20th century – show everything fromthe 7 train construction in Flushing to the Van Siclen Farm in Jamaica Estates, to many images from Fresh Meadows where the office building is located.

The Center will be setting up a special event sometime in the Fall for the public to view the collection of images spread through-out the building, including the lobby.

There is still office space available for this innovative “shared office environment” that is extremely modern, and yet still celebrates the history of Queens.

For more information contact:
Mary Abrams, Associate Director at: (718) 475-2121.
Visit: www.executiveofficefm.com

A Message From Patricia B. Sherwood

Past News: It is with great sadness that I announce QHS lost of one its trustees this June-Joseph Hellman joined the Board in 2007. His quiet way attested to a determination that was admired. Some Board members have made contributions to the Society in his name. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife and family.
Recent News: I attended a special Honoree Luncheon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church last month. We celebrated the 162nd birthday of Lewis H. Latimer, renowned African American inventor. A poem written and read by Clara Jones was part of the program. I asked Ms. Jones if we
could print it in our newsletter. I hope that you enjoy it:

The Faces of Flushing
Flushing has had many faces
Since its founding hundreds of years ago
And as her population grew in numbers
The faces of Flushing did change also.

Prior to the early 1600s her face was red
With a mixture of brown
As the Indians traversed her waterways
Sailing canoes up and down.
Then in the early 1600s
Her face began to turn white
As the Dutch and the Quakers settled here
Brandishing guns to show their might.

By force of chattel, chains and whips
Her face took on a different hue.
As African slaves were brought to her shores
And recorded as property, however few.

Then by the late 1600s
The face of Flushing was wrinkled with pain
As indentured servants and countless slaves
Valiantly sought freedom time and again.

The Underground Railroad was active here
As weary slaves journeyed this secret trail
With hope in their eyes and fear in their hearts
They longed to hear the clang of freedom‟s bell.

That cherished freedom did finally come
As it was announced throughout the land
And black faces of Flushing bore many scars
As they battled for freedom and chose to stand.

As you travel the streets of Flushing
Take a good look at her face
You will see history written there
For you to identify and trace.

To us as African Americans
I challenge you to affirm your stay
And let your face in the Flushing of tomorrow
Portray the history and heritage we celebrate today.

“The Faces of Flushing” written by Clara M. Jones appears in her book of poetry HIGHER GROUND Volume II, “Outspoken Words from the Heart” published in October 2006.

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