of the Triangle Hofbrau at the turn-of-the-century
Hill Republican Club Post Card- Circa 1913
of Richmond Hill Club, circa 1888-89 on Hillside
between Lefferts Blvd. and 121st Street
are some of the many images that were contributed by Carl Ballenas
for our website from his extensive collection on Richmond Hill
About Carl Ballenas
Richmond Hill Historian
Carl Ballenas is one of the credited contributers
of Willam Krooss' book entitled, "A Peek at Richmond Hill Through
the Keyhole of Time"
Thanks to Carl Ballenas, much of what we know about
Richmond Hill's history comes from his thoughtful and dedicated research
which he has so kindly offered to share with our website.
Born in Brooklyn, Carl was raised in Richmond
Hill, NY and resided there for many years. He attended Our Lady of the
Cenacle School and is presently a teacher at the Immaculate
Conception School Jamaica Estates. Among his many achievements
and awards in regard to his caliber as a Richmond Hill Historian are
- The History Channel receipent for bringing the preservation of local history to life in the classroom.
- "2007 Save Our History Teacher" award for distinguished
work with his students and enabling them to take an active role in
the preservation process.
- Listed with the Queens Borough Office as an
official lecturer for Queens County.
- Has given symposiums on Queens history and
presented a number of written papers.
- Richmond Hill Historian 1985 Present
- Board Member of the Richmond Hill Historical
- Board member Central Queens Historical Society
- Member of Community Board #9 1986 1988
- Received Award- Whos Who of American Teachers
- 1999 Grant Winner United Federation of Teachers
- 1999 Science Teacher Award Association of
Science Technology Centers
- Henry Dopwell Foundation Grant Winner
- New York Hall of Science Teacher Consultant
- 1999 White House Artisan Washington DC
- 2005 Grant Winner and Teacher Ambassador
for the Peacewords Foundation
- The National Catholic Educational Association
Department of Elementary Schools
2006 NCEA Distinguished Teacher Award
In Honor of Sister Miriam Joseph Farrell
- 2006 Siemens Science Teacher Initiative Award
In Partnership with the New York Hall of Science
- Winner of the Diocese of Brooklyn/Queens Futures in Education Foundation
Grant for the Labyrinth Project