2019 MEMBERSHIP: Join or Renew your Memberhip.
Please print-out our Membership Form Here
and mail your Form and check (payable to the Richmond Hill Historical
Society) to: The Richmond Hill Historical Society 112-13 84th Avenue Richmond
Hill, NY 11418. Thank you for your continued support! Join
Rare Book from 1905: "The Story of Richmond
Hill," was written in 1905 by Kate Matson Post (1855-1936)
for the benefit of the building fund of the 20th Century Club. Her father
Rev. William Agur Matson (1819-1904) was the third rector of the Church
of the Resurrection on 118th St. from 1877-1887, when he retired. Rev.
Matson continued to live in Richmond Hill, on Division Ave. (now 84th
Ave. near 115th St.) until his death in 1904. Kate's sister Frances Clark
Matson took the photographs and her daughter Estelle Alma Post drew the
flowers on the cover. Click
here for Book
Photo Feature: "Welcome to Historic Richmond
Hill" was installed on April 20, 2017 courtesy of the NYC Parks Dept
and our Council Member Eric Ulrich. The sign is located in Forest
Park on Park Lane South near Myrtle Ave. just before the Buddy Monument.
The official dedication was held on Friday June 2, 2017 with Council Member
Eric Ulrich. Photo: MK Moore
Richmond Hill High School First Annual Yearbook
- 1900. Courtesy Carl Ballenas Click here for the PDF of
the Yearbook from 1900.
Click here for selected early RHHS Dome Yearbook Covers through
Read more about the history of Richmond Hill High School here.
The community of Richmond Hill was featured
Old House website in 2009.
RHHS Dome Yearbook Covers through the years:
View selected covers
here. Image scans of covers courtesy of Kevin McLoughlin!
Archive Museum The
Society has its own Archival Museum
where written and photographic history about the Richmond Hill community
is preserved. The museum is now located at Kearns
Funeral home on 115th Street and Myrtle Avenue, and is open for
viewing by appointment.
Richmond Hill Historical Society has published several books on the
history of Richmond Hill:
Richmond Hill Historical Society
85-03 114 Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
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RHHS website is Green! Click the images
to view Certificate.
Open Meeting: Friday, March 1 2019 7:30PM
All invited to attend this event. Our guest speaker is author Stacy Horn on her book entitled, Damnation Island - the History of Roosevelt Island. Her book Damnation Island will also be available for sale at a special discounted price of $10. Location: Leonard Center 86-13 112 St, Richmond Hill. Free Admission. See Flyer.
New York State Historic Preservation Board Nominates Richmond Hill for State and National Registers of Historic Places
We are delighted and proud to announce that the State Historic Preservation Review Board held their quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2018 and voted unanimously to recommend the Richmond Hill Historic District for nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places! The area will be formally listed on the State Register early next week and that the information will be sent out to the National Parks Service for listing on the National Register of Historic Places which will probably take about 2-3 months.
The district is bounded on the north by the natural boundary of Forest Park and the historic boundary of 84th Avenue (originally known as Division Avenue since it demarcated the border with Kew Gardens). To the east, south, and west the district stops short of Lefferts Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.
We are grateful for the support of our Council Member Eric Ulrich who provided funding for the Survey of Richmond Hill and for the application process to the State Historic Preservation Office, which has made this all possible. We are also thankful for the support of the Historic Districts Council, Executive Director Simeon Bankoff and his staff, who have provided guidance and support to preserve Historic Richmond Hill and countless buildings and communities in New York City.
Richmond Hill Historic District Proposal
Sign the petition here.
Memorial Day Sunday, May 28, 2017. Flags were planted around
the Buddy Monument and at the Sgt. Schaefer Memorial in Forest Park with
fellow Richmond Hill Historical Society Board Member, Diane Freel. Photos:
Historic Districts Council, 2017 Celebrate Launch Party: February
15, 2017 PHOTO: (L-R) Simeon Bankoff, HDC Exec Dir; Dan Allen
HDC Board President; Ivan Mrakovcic RHHS President; Joanne Tanzi RHHS
Board Member; Helen Day RHHS Vice President.
Links: The Richmond Hill Historical Society supports the landmarking
The video documentation above is a profile of Richmond
Hill from 2007.
Special Thanks to former Board Member Joseph DeMay, Jr.
for creating several beautiful video slideshows of Kew Gardens and of
our Society events. The introductory video below was created by Dennis
Doyle. Visit our YouTube webpage for More…