King Manor Museum Announces Spring Events

For history buffs, historical interpreter Cheyney McKnight will talk on April 15 about the style evolution of headwraps worn by African women in 18th- and 19th-century America. The lectures will start at 3 p.m.
Children can get in touch with the past during Hands on History programs. Story time and craft projects like making bandboxes, pockets, and sachets explore what life was like in the 1800s. Hands on History takes place the first Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. and is free of charge.
The third annual Traditions Festival returns to the museum’s lawn on May 19 and 20. This free program brings together traditional crafts, music, and food of Early America and more recent immigrant cultures around Queens.
The festival is funded by council members Rory Lancman and Barry Grodenchik through the City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative.
Give mom an early Mother’s Day treat, and bring her to May 11‘s concert by the early music ensemble TENET. The group will play lively music from 12th- and 13th-century France in the museum’s elegant dining room.
Located in the heart of downtown Jamaica on 161st Street, King Manor was the home of Rufus King, a framer of the United States Constitution and a leading voice in the early anti-slavery movement.
Visitors are welcome to stop by for a tour of the historic building on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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