From W.C. Fields to Goodfellas. Since the early days of Cinema, Queens NY has played an integral part in serving as the perfect set-piece for films of all genres. Since 1900, Queens has been the location of various movie studios including the famous Kaufman-Astoria Studios and even served as the home for some of Hollywood’s earliest superstars before the days of Beverly Hills and Malibu. Join historian, Jason D. Antos for a discussion on March 31st.
About the Author:
Jason Antos, the author of six books on the history of Queens, making him de facto one of the best- known and respected authors, as well as one of the most sought-after lecturers on the history of the borough. In 2010, Antos was hired first as a reporter and two years later became and currently works as the editor of the local newspaper: The Queens Gazette. Since 2015, he has been employed by Queens Assemblyman Edward Braunstein as a part-time community liaison; and for the past four years, Antos has served as a member of the board of the Queens Historical Society. Such items on his resume might explain why two years ago, the New York’s 6th Congressional District Congresswoman Grace Meng honored Antos with a Congressional Proclamation, citing his contributions to the study of the history of the borough.
Challenge your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to pick their favorite historic building or site in Queens and create a beautiful art masterpiece, while enriching themselves in the momentous history of our borough. Ideas include: Post Office, Library, Church, Statue, Temple, Mosque, Park, Cemetery or Historic Landmarked site.
The drawing of the building or site of your choice must be on a separate piece of paper (8.5”x11”). You may use pencils, colored pencils, crayons or watercolor paints. The drawing must include at least one paragraph stating the name of the place you drew, its history and the reason you picked the site. Then paper clip the paragraph to the back of the drawing. Make sure to use your school heading! Next, you must complete the entry form (which can be found on the QHS website), and either tape or glue it to the back of the drawing. Then give your drawing, the essay and $1 processing fee paper clipped together, to your teacher.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners will be chosen from each grade. 1st place winners will receive a $50 gift card, $35 for 2nd place winners and $25 for 3rd place winners. The Awards reception will be held on Saturday, May 11th
ENTRY DEADLINE: April 12th, 2019!
Please visit the website for more details on how to submit your entry to the Arts & History Contest.
**Please note that your work becomes the property of the Queens Historical Society**