Lewis Latimer House Museum

Lewis Latimer House Museum Historic House of African American inventor and draftsman Lewis H. Latimer. Lewis H. Latimer, who was born in 1848, was determined to overcome his lack of formal education and taught himself mechanical drawing while in the Union Navy and became an expert draftsman.
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He worked with three of the greatest scientific inventors in American history, including Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, and Thomas Alva Edison. He played a critical role in the development of the telephone and, as Edison's chief draftsman, he invented and patented the carbon filament, a significant improvement in the production of the incandescent light bulb. Over the course of his career, Latimer supervised the installation of street lighting and the construction of electric plants in many American cities, as well as London and Montreal. The Lewis H. Latimer House is a modest Queen Anne-style, wood-frame suburban residence constructed between 1887 and 1889 by the Sexton family. Lewis Howard Latimer, an African-American inventor and electrical pioneer and the son of fugitive slaves, lived in the house from 1903 until his death in 1928. The house remained in the Latimer family until 1963. Threatened with demolition, the house was moved from Holly Avenue to its present location in 1988. Latimer House is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Lewis H. Latimer Fund, Inc., and is a member of the Historic House Trust.

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Take the first steps towards reading and writing code with the Coding Club! Join us on Thursday, January 28th, at 3:30PM...
01/27/2021
STEAM Workshop: Coding Club Beginner

Take the first steps towards reading and writing code with the Coding Club! Join us on Thursday, January 28th, at 3:30PM, for a virtual coding workshop. How do video games get made? How do apps do all the things they do? How does a computer think? All of these questions and more will be discussed. We will use Scratch to learn about the basics of algorithms and programming. It’s a lot simpler than you might think! For ages 10 to 14.

Please RSVP to receive details to join.

https://llhm-codingclub.eventbrite.com

Take the first steps towards reading and writing code with the Coding Club!

Application now open! 8 Queens writers will receive scholarships to attend a 4-session memoir and autobiographical writi...
01/20/2021
Memoir and Autobiographical Writing: A Workshop

Application now open! 8 Queens writers will receive scholarships to attend a 4-session memoir and autobiographical writing workshop around the themes of Race & Immigration, taught by distinguished writer Abeer Hoque. Application deadline 2/15! Hone your voice and tell your stories. Click link below to learn more and apply now. ✍️👈
https://lewislatimerhouse.org/events/memoir-and-autobiographical-writing-a-workshop/

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! He dre...
01/18/2021

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! He dreamed of a day that America would be a country of equals. Let us continue to uplift with love and seek justice.

#Repost @archforkids・・・How amazing and inspiring is this Eco-lab designed by a participant of our Future Lab workshop ho...
01/16/2021

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How amazing and inspiring is this Eco-lab designed by a participant of our Future Lab workshop hosted in partnership with @lewislatimerhouse this week?
This lab design is intended for scientists to discover ways that products found in nature can be used to produce energy. We love the attention to detail, the colorful decorations and the thoughtful addition of a #janegoodall quote on the wall.
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#architectureforkids #labdesign #modelmaking #archforkids #lewislatimerhouse #science #kidscientist #ecolab #savetheplanet #ecoconscious #stemlearning #steamlearning #stemlearningforkids #stemlearningforgirls #kidsmodelmaking #activitiesforkids #craftykids

Join us for a virtual architecture workshop in partnership with ArchForKids-architecture for children!Lewis Latimer was ...
01/13/2021
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Design a Lab for the Future

Join us for a virtual architecture workshop in partnership with ArchForKids-architecture for children!

Lewis Latimer was a renowned Black inventor who lived from 1848 to 1928. Participants will take a virtual visit to Latimer’s house and by using minimal materials and our imaginations, will design an amazing house and laboratory.

Ages 7 and above, Families welcome.

Please RSVP to receive details to join.
https://llhm-futurelab.eventbrite.com

Join us for a unique virtual workshop in partnership with Arch for Kids, a leading design education program provider.

Join us on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:30 PM for a  unique virtual workshop in partnership with @archforkids. This p...
01/08/2021

Join us on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:30 PM for a unique virtual workshop in partnership with @archforkids. This program is a great opportunity for kids to unleash their creativity!

Through engaging programs grounded in architecture, design, engineering, and urban planning, ArchForKids inspires young people to explore how the built world affects who they are and how they live.

Participants will use simple supplies to build their own lab of the future next week!

Ages 7 and above, Families welcome.

Please RSVP to receive details to join.
https://llhm-futurelab.eventbrite.com

Student work spotlight!  Awesome imagined zip-line course created by a student in our Virtual STEAM Design Challenge Wor...
12/17/2020

Student work spotlight! Awesome imagined zip-line course created by a student in our Virtual STEAM Design Challenge Workshop last week. Unleash your creativity, meet other STEAM enthusiasts, and create works of art using materials you already have at home.

This amazing structure was built using just construction paper, aluminum foil and glue. A Big Thanks to all students! We look forward to holding more workshops and continuing to create unique structures for our communities in January! Register for our upcoming workshop in collaboration with ArchForKids-architecture for children on Thursday, January 14 3:30-4:30pm EST.
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12/11/2020

#tellthefullstory #blackinventor #lewislatimer #blackhistory #americanhistory #representationmatters Good job Steven Universe! 🙌#Repost @cartoonnetworkofficial
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Black inventors, heroes, and leaders are often left out of history. Ask yourself as you're learning...who is the focus? Why? Question the story  ✊🏿✊🏼✊🏾✊✊🏻✊🏽💖⁣

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The 2020 annual Tour goes VIRTUAL this year! Join Latimer House for a tour of our special exhibition Home/Land. This is ...
12/05/2020
Holly Tour 2020

The 2020 annual Tour goes VIRTUAL this year! Join Latimer House for a tour of our special exhibition Home/Land. This is a great opportunity to explore and learn about Flushing heritage across six different sites.

Join us tomorrow 12/06 live on Youtube from 3:00 - 5:00 PM! Each site is putting on a show of their own, and each show has something fun and unique. RSVP for details.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holly-tour-2020-tickets-127718370083

Ages 7 and up.

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Our 33rd Annual Holly Tour! This year, we're digital, so take tours of 6 historic sites in Flushing, Queens. Art, History, Crafts, and more!

Named the best new holiday film on Netflix by @nytimes, Jingle Jangle features a character, “Edison Latimer” - a name co...
12/05/2020

Named the best new holiday film on Netflix by @nytimes, Jingle Jangle features a character, “Edison Latimer” - a name combining Lewis Latimer and Thomas Edison! Check put this fun musical film about inventions, overcoming losses, and self-empowerment! #lewislatimer #blackinventor #RepresentationMatters

Join us tomorrow 12/3 for a virtual STEAM workshop from 3:30-4:30PM! Participants will build amazing structures and expl...
12/02/2020

Join us tomorrow 12/3 for a virtual STEAM workshop from 3:30-4:30PM! Participants will build amazing structures and explore engineering techniques using simple supplies. By examining the objects around us in our homes and neighborhoods, we will simplify them into geometric shapes to build with. As a group, we will discuss the components of our neighborhoods and communities. Participants will be presented with a design challenge and will brainstorm an idea to create a unique structure for their communities. Ages 7 and up!

Register for more details:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-steam-workshop-design-challenge-tickets-127200880257

#classesforkids #STEAM #STEM #engineering #designchallenge #onlineclass#familyfun #museumfromhome

Join us this Saturday 12/05 for the last session in our Audre Lorde Reading & Discussion Series: Women of Color and Syst...
12/02/2020

Join us this Saturday 12/05 for the last session in our Audre Lorde Reading & Discussion Series: Women of Color and Systems of Health.

In this last workshop, we will talk about the lessons learned from Lorde’s previous work and read excerpts from The Cancer Journals, “ Breast Cancer: A Black Lesbian Feminist Experience” and “ Brest Cancer: Power vs. Prosthesis” to discuss how women of color create their own spaces for self-care, often within neglectful and dehumanizing health care systems.

Visit the link in our bio to RSVP!

https://www.eventbrite.com/x/your-silence-will-not-protect-you-the-writing-of-audre-lorde-tickets-119013208711

Spotlight on Native American Artists in Queens and Long Island from Fluahing Town Hall on Next Wednesday. #Repost @flush...
11/25/2020

Spotlight on Native American Artists in Queens and Long Island from Fluahing Town Hall on Next Wednesday. #Repost @flushing_town_hall
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Join our virtual Native Artist Spotlight Panel: Queens & Long Island to learn from contemporary Native artists and explore the range of their art and what it means to be a Native artist in the 21st century.

Wed, 12/2 Live on Facebook and Zoom - RSVP at bit.ly/FTHNAPanel - link in bio!

Presented in partnership with Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning @jamaicaartscenter and NativeTec
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Artist Panelists include:
Tecumseh Ceaser (Matinecock) Wampum Carver
Denise Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock) Painter /Teacher
Lydia Chavez (Unkechaug) Wampum designer
Jeremy Dennis (Shinnecock) Photo and digital artist
Tohanash Tarrant (Shinnecock) Beader

@thunderbird_designs
@nativetec
@wampummagic
@jeremynative
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#Repost @zinneducationproject・・・On November 21, 1842, a Boston judge officially freed George Latimer, who was formerly e...
11/22/2020

#Repost @zinneducationproject
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On November 21, 1842, a Boston judge officially freed George Latimer, who was formerly enslaved. Latimer and his wife Rebecca had used Underground Railroad networks to escape from enslavement in Norfolk, Virginia according to “Virginia Waterways and the Underground Railroad,” by historian Cassandra Newby-Alexander of Norfolk State University. Rebecca was pregnant when they escaped and wanted her children to be born free.
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The Latimer case had become a national cause célèbre and catalyzed abolitionists to demand stronger laws to protect other fugitives from slavery, including the 1843 Massachusetts Personal Liberty Act, aka the “Latimer Law,” which prohibited Massachusetts government officials from helping to detain fugitive slaves and mandated that state facilities could not be used for such detainment.
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George Latimer, who was born on July 4, 1819, gained his own independence after he and Rebecca hid on a steamship that took three days to sail to Boston. Unfortunately, a man named William R. Carpenter, a former employee of George’s enslaver, James B. Gray, spotted Latimer in Boston and notified Gray about the whereabouts of his “property.” Gray arrived in Boston on October 18, 1842, had Latimer arrested and began extradition procedures.
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With word of Latimer’s plight quickly spreading, enraged abolitionists met throughout Massachusetts, including an assembly of about 300 mostly Black men at the famous Faneuil Hall in Boston. As pressure mounted, the local sheriff notified Gray that he would no longer hold fugitives from slavery in his jail, and Latimer’s lawyers raised $400 to purchase Latimer’s freedom from Gray.
Rebecca’s own former enslaver, Mary D. Sayer, abandoned her search for Rebecca after news of George’s manumission reached Norfolk, according to a biographical sketch George dictated in 1894.
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The Latimers remained in Massachusetts for the rest of their lives. George worked as a paperhanger and joined the abolitionist movement.
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[Image description: Copy of advertisements from the Norfolk Beacon offering a reward for George and Rebecca Latimer. Whose side was the white press on? Source:

Join us tomorrow 11/19  for a free virtual program from 3:30-4:30PM! Have you ever wondered how and when fingerprints ar...
11/18/2020

Join us tomorrow 11/19 for a free virtual program from 3:30-4:30PM!
Have you ever wondered how and when fingerprints are formed? Did you know that even twins don’t have the same fingerprints? Forensic Scientist and STEM Educator, Tamykah Anthony, will be teaching all about fingerprints. Learn about the three kinds of fingerprints and examine your own and your family’s to see if you share similar prints. Find out how fingerprints are used to solve crimes, how to dust for fingerprints, and how to lift prints just like the Crime Scene Investigators do using everyday household items! You will need tape, blank white paper, a glass or glass jar, and cocoa powder.
Ages 7 and above, families welcome.

Please RSVP to receive details to join:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-steam-workshop-forensic-fun-tickets-126324607301

#classesforkids #STEAM #STEM #forensicscience #onlineclass#familyfun #museumfromhome

Join us for a virtual stop motion animation workshop in partnership with Robofun on Thursday 11/12 from 3:30-4:30pm. In ...
11/11/2020

Join us for a virtual stop motion animation workshop in partnership with Robofun on Thursday 11/12 from 3:30-4:30pm. In this animation workshop, participants will design and produce short films. This class will teach students skills in technology and artistic expression. Students will learn basic stop motion techniques: storyboarding, frame rate, angles, artistic design. This course is a great outlet for students to express themselves creatively while learning technology skills. For ages 7 and up.

Please register to receive details to join:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-steam-workshop-stop-motion-animation-tickets-126439298345

#classesforkids #STEAM #STEM #StopMotionAnimation #onlineclass#familyfun #museumfromhome

Your vote matters! #takeaction #vote #nycvote #Repost @beamcenter・・・Fannie Lou Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper who ...
11/03/2020

Your vote matters! #takeaction #vote #nycvote #Repost @beamcenter
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Fannie Lou Hamer was a Mississippi sharecropper who lost her land after registering to vote. By committing her life to ensuring equal and fair voting rights for all Americans, Hamer received threats and attempts against her life, but also became a face, voice, and leader of an enduring movement. We honor FLH today and repeat, “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿🗽🗳

#fannielouhamer #blm #mississippi #freedom #liberation #vote #ourchildrenourfuture #blackgirlmagic #womenempowerment

#Repost @beamcenter・・・How Big? 12ft! 😮💡 BEACON is a public artwork conceptualized by artist @Shervone_Neckles that honor...
10/30/2020

#Repost @beamcenter
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How Big? 12ft! 😮

💡 BEACON is a public artwork conceptualized by artist @Shervone_Neckles that honors the life and genius of #LewisLatimer. Currently being fabricated in our shop by a team of Project Fellows, we’re excited to unveil it in 2021.
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To learn more about Lewis Latimer check out @LewisLatimerHouse in #Flushing.
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#migwelding #welding #publicart #thomasedison #youlightupmylife #publiceducation #freedom #blm #wearethefuture #bethechange #ChangeTheLightBulb #Love #Fablab #Brooklyn #NYC #steel #wearamask #vote #collaboration #youthdevelopment #melanin #blackinventors #queens

Funded by @neaarts & @nyculture

Join LLHM and our Historic House Trust @hhtnyc sister sites for fun online after-school programs this Fall! Join us on T...
10/26/2020

Join LLHM and our Historic House Trust @hhtnyc sister sites for fun online after-school programs this Fall! Join us on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:00PM, virtual Paper Marbling Workshop. Paper marbling is an ancient technique that produces patterns that imitate smooth marble and other stones. Participants will learn paper marbling techniques using items you can find easily at home and how chemical reactions create unique prints through the craft of marbling paper. For ages 7 and up.

Please RSVP to receive details to join: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/OTMxNTA=/86551#!

Take the first steps towards reading and writing code with the Coding Club! Join us on Thursday, October 22nd, at 3:30PM...
10/21/2020

Take the first steps towards reading and writing code with the Coding Club! Join us on Thursday, October 22nd, at 3:30PM, for a virtual intro to coding workshop. How do video games get made? How do apps do all the things they do? How does a computer think? All of these questions and more will be discussed. We will use Scratch to learn about the basics of algorithms and programming. It’s a lot simpler than you might think! For ages 10 to 14.

Please RSVP to receive details to join:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steam-workshop-coding-club-intro-tickets-123088784869

Volunteer park cleanup at Latimer House Museum. A big thank you to the folks who came out today! Our park is better beca...
10/17/2020

Volunteer park cleanup at Latimer House Museum. A big thank you to the folks who came out today! Our park is better because of you!

Join us tomorrow for the premiere of a short film, “Lewis H. Latimer, Electrical Pioneer and Inventor, a Seldom-Told His...
10/16/2020

Join us tomorrow for the premiere of a short film, “Lewis H. Latimer, Electrical Pioneer and Inventor, a Seldom-Told History,” produced by IEE REACH, for this year’s #ohnywknd!

New York is not “over.” Explore the great places, spaces, and dynamic communities that define the city we love. This year, OHNY will be offering a hybrid experience across all five boroughs and your living room, with no advanced reservations required! Join us as we premiere our virtual tour tomorrow!
Register Today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/premiere-of-a-short-film-on-lewis-latimer-ohny-2020-tickets-122449930037
Or watch the video Tomorrow from 12PM on! https://lewislatimerhouse.org/about/

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34-41 137th St
Flushing, NY
11354

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School groups please call or email to schedule morning visits. The museum is fully accessible for guests with physical limitations.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(718) 961-8585

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Carry a light bulb today. Take a photo with it. Happy Lewis Latimer Day! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3262579453859173&extid=okjFnKlNsdjvVL5K
On September 4, 2020, post your photo with your Light Bulb to celebrate Lewis Latimer, the great Black entrepreneur! Read more on www.ContractsBlack.net.
New Yorkers will get a chance to win raffle items, giveaways, and money for neighborhood improvement projects at the 2018 Queens SOUP, which will take place on Sunday, April 15, 5-7pm, at the Flushing Quaker Meeting House, located at 137-16 Northern Blvd in Flushing NY 11354. Last year, Queens SOUP awarded $1000 to the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum for their Summer Tinker Lab, a STEAM education program, which helped them expand their program to low-income families. RSVP on Facebook: fb.com/events/213313445880818/ RSVP or make individual donations on Eventbrite: queenssoup2018.eventbrite.com For more information, visit flushingchamber.nyc/soup