Richmond Hill Historical Society

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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 Here.

1905 Book: The Story of Richmond Hill

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

welcome to historic Richmond Hill sign

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 the years.

Read more about the history of Richmond Hill High School here.

The community of Richmond Hill was featured on This Old House website in 2009.

RHHS Dome Yearbook Covers through the years: View selected covers here. Image scans of covers courtesy of Kevin McLoughlin!

Our previous photo feature was Forest Park's Jackson Pond courtesy of Frank Loeber!

More Articles and Photos:

Celebrating the Living SpiritSpirits Alive Victorian Richmond Hill

Archive Museum
Archive MuseumThe 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.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society has published several books on the history of Richmond Hill:

Contact Information
Richmond Hill Historical Society
85-03 114 Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Phone: 718-704-9317

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RHHS website is Green! Click the images to view Certificate.

Recent Updates

Open Meeting: Friday, May 10 2019 7:30PM
All invited to attend this event. Our guest speaker is historian and author Jason D. Antos. He will give a slide presentation on the History of the Silent Movie Era in Queens. Included will be rare, never before seen clips. Location: Leonard Center 86-13 112 St, Richmond Hill. Free Admission and refreshments served. See Flyer for more details.

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: Helen Day

Memorial Day 2017

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.

Historic District Council Launch Party 2017

Facebook Links Facebook Links: The Richmond Hill Historical Society supports the landmarking of the Forest Park Carousel.

Please visit our friends at the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, which greatly supports our efforts for a Historic District and honors the memory of our former president, Nancy Cataldi.

The video documentation above is a profile of Richmond Hill from 2007.

YouTube Videos
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…