At Home in Corona: A Conversation with the Armstrong’s long-time friend and neighbor, Ms. Selma Heraldo
Saturday, February 4th, 2:00pm -3:30pm
Come enjoy a lively discussion with “Queen of the block,” Ms. Selma Heraldo, lifelong next-door neighbor and travel companion to the Armstrongs. Hear what life was like for Louis and Lucille at home and in the community. Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.
Louis Armstrong: Fountainhead
Saturday, February 11th, 2:00pm -3:30pm
A presentation with musical examples on Armstrong’s role as Father of Jazz. Francis Lunzer, former jazz drummer and Armstrong enthusiast, will discuss Armstrong’s unshakeable influence on generations of jazz musicians. Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.
Armstrong and the Roots of Jazz in New Orleans
Saturday, February 18th, 2:00pm -3:30pm
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1901. Staff member Michael Heller will discuss the musical and social roots of jazz and its influence on young Louis Armstrong. Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.
Louis Armstrong: Collage Artist, Amateur Archivist
Saturday, February 25th, 2:00pm -3:30pm
Louis Armstrong was a pack rat. He saved everything and devised a clever way to catalogue his collection -- most notably his homemade tape recordings. He also created scrapbooks to document his travels and collage art to decorate his audiotape covers. Assistant Director, Deslyn Dyer, will discuss Armstrong the artist and archivist, with examples from the Louis Armstrong Collection. Followed by guided House tour at 2:45pm.
Current Events - Events Calendar / All branches: Scan the events calendar for January and February for many related events at a variety of locations
- QC Off-campus Program - see Professor James A. Moore's program at the Flushing Library - information above on this page
- QC off-campus exhibit: This Little Light of Mine - at the Flushing Library (see also information above on this page)
- Granville T. Woods - inventor / at the Flushing Library through February 6, 2006
Lectures are held on Sundays beginning at 2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free with admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, QHS members free.
Brother & Me - with author, Kathleen Velsor, Ed.D.
Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm
An Assistant Professor of Education at SUNY Old Westbury and long-term friend of QHS will discuss the stories in her newly published historical novel about the Underground Railroad on Long Island. Brother and Me will be available for purchase and signing by the author.
Friends of Freedom: The Anti-Slavery Struggle in Queens and Long Island - with authors James Driscoll, Richard Hourahan and Kathleen Velsor, Ed.D.
Sunday, February 26 , 2:30 pm
This is the little-known story of the heroes, both African American and white, of the Anti-Slavery Movement on Long Island. The authors’ new book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.
About Lewis H. Latimer:
- From the Queens Tribune web site
- Queens Borough Public Library / Long Island Division web site -
The Home of a Bright Light
Lewis Latimer moved his family to a quaint two-story home in
in 1906: a home that is still standing, but has been moved to Jamaica Leavitt Streetand 14th Avenue Flushingto avoid being destroyed by development. Latimer, who was the son of runaway slaves, worked with Edisonto perfect the light bulb filament and handed in ’s patent application hours before another inventor tried to submit one. He lived in Bell with his wife and entertained the African- American community there. New York
about the Latimer archives housed there and their 1995 exhibit
- Smithsonian web site - about the Latimer family, Latimer as an inventor, and some of his other interests and activities.
Current Events: Black Innovators of the Early 20th Century
From the web site of the New York Council for the Humanities:
Black Innovators of the Early Twentieth CenturyThe fifth and final program in the Council's Reading Between the Lines for Adults reading discussion series, "Black Innovators of the Early Twentieth Century," at the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Flushing. Our reading series concludes with a discussion of an American dynamo- Madame C.J. Walker. The biography "On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker" by A'lelia Bundles takes us in depth into the life of one of the first African American philanthropists who was also a marketing and business genius.
January 12th, 7:00 PM
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum34-41 137th Street, Flushing
Pre-registration required-space is limited. Once you are registered for the series, you can arrange to pick up your books prior to the first session.
Current exhibits - Slavery in New York - A Landmark Exhibition
and - Finding Priscilla's Children: The Roots and Branches of Slavery
and - Facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation
Coming exhibits - Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery
and - Commerce and Conscience: New York, Slavery, and the Civil War
Prior exhibit - Seneca Village
See CNN's website at http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/03/17/teaching.slavery.ap/index.html