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Queens Memory Celebrates Queens Pride

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Queens Pride Parade, Queens Memory is partnering with the La Guardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY to develop an LGBTQ oral history project. Queens Memory will interview people in their homes, at libraries, and at local LGBTQ community service organizations across the borough. Selections from these oral histories are featured in The Lavender Line, an exhibit about LGBTQ history in Queens, running from June 9th - July 30th, 2017.

Introducing the Queens Memory App!

We’re proud to announce the release of the new Queens Memory upload tool application, which lets anyone submit images and audio recordings from their mobile device directly to Queens Library staff for inclusion in our digital archives. Approved photos and audio documenting Queens history will join the library’s permanent archival collections, where they will be freely available to everyone. This free app is available in Android and iOS versions.

50 Years of Integration in Queens and Brooklyn

November 2016 – April 2017 We are happy to announce that Queens Memory/Queens Library, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library, has been awarded a Common Heritage grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund a joint project called 50 Years of Integration: Personal Impacts of Demographic Changes on Shifting Neighborhoods in New York City. It will focus on six distinct neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn, and ask residents both old and new to share personal histories, photos, memorabilia and artifacts through digitization events and community history programs. There will also be two concluding events featuring presentations and discussions by researchers, scholars and community members. The Queens Memory events, held in Astoria, Corona and Flushing, are underway. Photo depicts our January 22nd 2017 panel discussion in Mandarin at the Flushing Community Library, moderated by Lingjing Bian, Queens Borough President's Office with (left to right) Pauline Chu, President, Chinese American Parents Association, Peter Koo, NYC Councilman and Xinye (Paul) Qiu, Assistant Manager, Flushing Community Library

Memories of Migration

February-October 2016. Queens Memory extended its outreach to new language communities through the Memories of Migration project, led by the Santa Ana (Calif.) Public Library. Queens Library, as one of four model sites for the program, hosted 40 community history events tailored to elderly immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. Fluent Mandarin and Cantonese speakers were on hand to conduct the events and catalog the resulting digitized materials. The larger program was supported by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Our first Memories of Migration event, an oral history workshop, was held on February 20, 2016 in conjunction with the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers program. To enlist local partners including The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Queens Memory conducted Memories of Migration events as part of a regional program series called Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers. The kickoff event for this series was held March 14, 2016 at the Flushing Library. The evening featured Queens Memory Director Natalie Milbrodt conducting an interview with artist Zhang Hongtu, as well as a panel discussion on issues of identity in the process of becoming American. Panel participants included New York City Councilman Peter Koo, Jiayang Fan of The New Yorker, Prof. Peter Kwong of Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and food writer Kian Lam Kho.