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Support BHS



Whether you are a longtime resident or have just moved to the area, we invite you to become a member of Bayside Historical Society. BHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1964, and since its founding has grown to become a cultural institution that serves as a learning destination, a resource for researchers, and a venue for the visual and performing arts. Your generous, tax-deductible support helps to fund our ongoing efforts of community outreach and education, and our mission of historic preservation.

Membership entitles you to free or reduced admission to events, public programs, and exhibits; a 10% discount on Castle rentals; and perhaps most importantly, the knowledge that you are supporting the community, and its wonderfully rich history, resources, and culture. Your membership enables us to welcome thousands of NYC school children to The Castle each year, where they interact with authentic artifacts to learn what everyday life was like in Queens in the early 1900s. In addition, your membership supports our annual community events like the Winter Art Show and Totten Trot 5K Foot Race, as well as the upkeep and restoration of our cherished 19th-century landmarked building. Join today, and become a part of the efforts to preserve the past and build for the future.

Membership Categories:

Yearly Membership


This payment is a recurring annual payment:

  • Individual: $35 per year

  • Family: $50 per year

  • Senior (60+): $30 per year

  • Student: $30 per year

  • Corporate: $250 per year

*Family and above receive benefits for four.  Individual and Senior/Student receive benefits for one.

Lifetime Membership


This payment is a one-time payment of $500.

Or, download a membership application form that you can print out and mail back with your payment:



The support BHS receives from the community directly affects the breadth and depth of the programs we offer. We are grateful to our generous donors and supporters who help BHS share our exhibitions, collections, and programs with the thousands of visitors who pass through our doors each year.

We hope you will join us in shaping the future of BHS at the Castle.

Please note that your contribution may be tax deductible within the limits prescribed by law.

Gift & Estate Planning


BHS welcomes legacy gifts both large and small. Your gesture of assistance can honor an occasion, memorialize a loved one, or simply show support for our organization — both now and for years to come. Explore opportunities for valuable tax benefits while supporting our financial goals. Consider a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, retirement assets, insurance, or any way that you prefer to include BHS in your estate planning. Whether thinking of simply designating BHS as a beneficiary in your will, or contributing in another way, seek the advice of your accountant, tax adviser, or attorney to determine your specific, potential tax benefits. All inquiries are confidential and without obligation.

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