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Current Exhibits

Changing exhibits and long-term installations cultivate interest in the history and culture of northeast Queens. Many materials used are culled from the archival collection, and encourage conversation and inquiry.
Van Riper's Celebrity Map Exhibit

The Van Riper “Celebrity Map”

Online Exhibit


The Bayside Historical Society Archivist has recently acquired an exciting resource: A "Celebrity Map" distributed by Thomas Van Riper Realtors in 1985 that details the places of residence for celebrities and politicians in the Bayside/Flushing area. He digitally captured the map for everyone to enjoy — read more about his acquisition in the latest entry of his "Tales From the Archives" blog.

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One Man's Bayside Exhibit

One Man's Bayside

Online Exhibit


Bayside Historical Society presents "One Man's Bayside," a short film from the 1960s about Bayside's history featuring narration from a member of the Bell Family, Mr. Brinton Bell. Enjoy shots of historical records and photographs from our Archives in this amazing video and learn about the local history of various locations dotting the Bayside neighborhood in this fascinating production. We thank Susan Leroux for providing Bayside Historical Society with a digitized copy of this film.

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From the Archives: Bayside American Legion Collectionerican-legion-510-omeka_edited.jpg

From the Archives: Bayside American Legion Collection

Online Exhibit


This online exhibit is a collection of historical memorabilia from the American Legion Post 510 of Bayside, including rare scrapbooks, photographs, periodicals and more. Special thanks to Joan and Robert Firmery, whose father was past commander Arthur Firmery, for their contributions to this exhibit.

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Bell Family Correspondences Exhibit

From the Archives: Bell Family Correspondences

Online Exhibit


This online exhibit provides a snippet of the letter collection at Bayside Historical Society. These letter correspondences from the Bell Family Collection offer glimpses into the lives and times of the past century. 

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Bell Family Holiday Greeting Cards Exhibit

From the Archives: Holiday Greeting Cards of the Bell Family

Online Exhibit


Like any American family, the Bells collect and send holiday greeting cards to friends and loved ones. This online exhibit showcases some of the pretty designs of the holiday cards kept by members of the Bell Family and ultimately preserved by our Archives.

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Bell Family Poems Exhibit

From the Archives: Poems of the Bell Family

Online Exhibit


This online exhibit presents poems written by the Bells of Bayside and collected by Bayside Historical Society. These handwritten pieces showcase the artistic merit of the many members of the family during their time living in Bayside, NY. Taken from the archives of Bayside Historical Society's Bell Family Collection, these written works offer insights into the events that they have experienced during their time. 

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Bayside Day 1914

Bayside Day 1914 on Historypin

Online Exhibit


View Bayside Historical Society's Historypin collection of historical documents and pictures to depict life during the celebration in 1914.

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Native Bayside Exhibit

Native Bayside

Second floor exhibit room


Native Bayside chronicles the prehistory of Bayside and the Northeast through artifacts recovered from an archaeological site in Queens and a model of the site excavation. The culmination of 35 years of work by archaeologist Edward J. Platt and the New York Institute of Anthropology, the Bayside site is the oldest carbon-14 dated continually inhabited site in coastal New York State.

Viewing by appointment only

Men in Rows Exhibit

Men in Rows

First floor hallway exhibit


Formal group portraiture is a centuries-old tradition where people come together to memorialize an occasion and record it for posterity. Yet, in many cases, the subjects are identified by their group affiliation only. So, aside from their collective identity, just who are the men in these photos?

Image: Beefsteak Dinner in honor of Bayside's veterans, December 1919

Viewing by appointment only

Ladies in Lines Exhibit

Ladies in Lines

First floor hallway exhibit


Group portraiture denotes a collective identity wherein the ensemble takes precedence over the individual. Candid or informal photographs enable those individuals that comprise the group to sustain the moment — to look back, and recall the time, place, and reason that particular occasion warranted documentation. BHS has a trove of unidentified group photographs in its collections with a selection featured in this exhibit.


Image: Members of the Bayside Woman's Club, June 1932

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