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Borough's Largest History Conference Will Commemorate Anniversary of Flushing Remonstrance


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


-- Lectures, Panel Discussions and Exhibits Will Pay Tribute to the Borough’s Diverse Population and History; Topics Range
From Religion in Flushing to Present-Day Urban Development --

WHAT: The Queens Experience: Historical Perspectives on the Development of Queens held in honor of the 350th anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance (a document from 1657 affirming the right of religious freedom), and the 70th anniversary of the founding of Queens College (CUNY). This full-day conference is sponsored by Queens College, the Office of Queens Borough
President Helen Marshall, the Queens Historical Society and the Central Queens Historical Association.

Topics covered in 28 sessions include historical roles played by Asian-Americans, Koreans, Colombians, Guyanese, African-Americans, Indo-Caribbeans and Ecuadorians in Queens; transportation development; and a study of neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights, Douglaston, and Forest Hills


Queens College Science Building
Melbourne Avenue and 150th Street, Flushing
Attendees must enter through the Reeves Avenue gate for parking.
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WHO: Experts will be available for media interviews, including QC Professors Madhulika Khandelwal, “Asian-American Spatial Patterns in Queens Over the Last 50 Years”; Pyong Gap Min, “Koreans in Queens”; Tarry Hum, “Building Community Among Multiple Publics: Development Issues and Challenges in Queens,” and Roger Sanjek, “The National Gray Panthers and Their Activities in Queens.” Also: Jeffrey Kroessler, “Historic Preservation in Queens”; Scott Hanson, “Immigration & Religious Diversity in the ‘Birthplace of Religious Freedom’: Religious Pluralism in Flushing, Queens”; and Archie Spigner, “African-American Political Advancement in Queens.”

The Queens Experience is the fourth, and largest, Queens History conference to take place, the last one having been held in 1994 at Queens Borough Hall. The idea for this symposium originated with James Driscoll, president of the Queens Historical Society, and Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Society, who put out the call six months ago to local historians, Queens College and other CUNY faculty and the community, for submissions and topics.

“With its rich heritage and diverse population, Queens was overdue for a history symposium,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. “It seems fitting that such a conference be held at Queens College. With over 18,000 students from 140 different countries, the campus is among the most diverse in the U.S.”

“As Queens County gets older, preserving its history becomes even more important,” says Borough President Helen Marshall. “This year, as we celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the Flushing Remonstrance and the 70th Anniversary of Queens College, we have the opportunity to get a new historical perspective on our borough’s history. In a combined effort to preserve, nurture and teach the Queens Experience, conference presenters will allow us to travel back in time to discover how we arrived here today.”


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