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,

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,

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Welcome back home! 🏡 Beginning this week, the interior space of Lewis Latimer House Museum will be open every Friday and...
06/30/2021

Welcome back home! 🏡 Beginning this week, the interior space of Lewis Latimer House Museum will be open every Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm in addition to the garden. We’re excited to welcome you back! Bilingual tours in English and Mandarin available on demand during open hours. Stay tuned for more virtual & in person activities this summer and fall.

Welcome back home! 🏡 Beginning this week, the interior space of Lewis Latimer House Museum will be open every Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm in addition to the garden. We’re excited to welcome you back! Bilingual tours in English and Mandarin available on demand during open hours. Stay tuned for more virtual & in person activities this summer and fall.

During the week of Juneteenth, we welcomed the great grandnephew of Lewis Latimer, Hugh, and two great great grandnieces...
06/24/2021

During the week of Juneteenth, we welcomed the great grandnephew of Lewis Latimer, Hugh, and two great great grandnieces, Lauren and Traer. They visited the house ahead of our public reopening on July 2!
Both indoor and outdoor spaces will be open on Fridays and Saturdays starting next week. Who else is excited to visit the Lewis Latimer House Museum again? Click like or leave a comment below to let us know!

During the week of Juneteenth, we welcomed the great grandnephew of Lewis Latimer, Hugh, and two great great grandnieces, Lauren and Traer. They visited the house ahead of our public reopening on July 2!
Both indoor and outdoor spaces will be open on Fridays and Saturdays starting next week. Who else is excited to visit the Lewis Latimer House Museum again? Click like or leave a comment below to let us know!

Lewis Latimer’s father George Latimer escaped from Norfolk, Virginia in 1842 with his wife Rebecca, Lewis’s mother, to e...
06/19/2021

Lewis Latimer’s father George Latimer escaped from Norfolk, Virginia in 1842 with his wife Rebecca, Lewis’s mother, to escape from slavery for freedom, and most importantly, for their future children to be born free.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of some of the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. Their liberation came two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation. Even as the proclamation became effective in 1863 for all confederate states, enforcement was reliant upon the advancement of Union troops. It wouldn’t be until June 19th that Union Major General Gorden Granger would arrive in Galveston and initiate the transition of power and emancipation would be secured for those enslaved in Texas.

Juneteenth signifies the beginning of independence for African Americans and is a celebration of knowledge. On Juneteenth, we celebrate the empowerment and the arrival of all people at the knowledge of freedom, liberation, and independence.

Lewis Latimer’s father George Latimer escaped from Norfolk, Virginia in 1842 with his wife Rebecca, Lewis’s mother, to escape from slavery for freedom, and most importantly, for their future children to be born free.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of some of the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. Their liberation came two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation. Even as the proclamation became effective in 1863 for all confederate states, enforcement was reliant upon the advancement of Union troops. It wouldn’t be until June 19th that Union Major General Gorden Granger would arrive in Galveston and initiate the transition of power and emancipation would be secured for those enslaved in Texas.

Juneteenth signifies the beginning of independence for African Americans and is a celebration of knowledge. On Juneteenth, we celebrate the empowerment and the arrival of all people at the knowledge of freedom, liberation, and independence.

Join Latimer House for a unique intergenerational Juneteenth program led by artist Tasha Dougé on Thursday, June 17th at...
06/11/2021
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Illuminating Juneteenth

Join Latimer House for a unique intergenerational Juneteenth program led by artist Tasha Dougé on Thursday, June 17th at 3:30pm! In this program, participants will be encouraged to actively participate in the discourse around Juneteenth, and how art and symbolism can be used as entry points to explore and celebrate resilience, resistance, and emancipation. Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for future workshops!

Join Latimer House for a unique multigenerational Juneteenth program led by artist Tasha Dougé!

Tomorrow, June 10th at 3:30pm, join us for a special program with Beam Center Youth Leaders! Learn the basics of Light P...
06/09/2021
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Light Painting

Tomorrow, June 10th at 3:30pm, join us for a special program with Beam Center Youth Leaders! Learn the basics of Light Painting and create a DIY light painting at home! Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for future workshops!

Join us for a special program with Beam Center Youth Leaders. Learn the basics of Light Painting and create a DIY light painting at home!

Shervone Neckles: BEACON
06/04/2021
Shervone Neckles: BEACON

Shervone Neckles: BEACON

Shervone Neckles’s BEACON (2020–21), standing resolutely in the garden of the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens, is a monument to the individual: Lewis H. Latimer (1848–1928) and his lifelong quest, the promotion of that mystical power electricity.

Join us for a weaving workshop using found materials! Tomorrow, May 27, at 3:30pm EDT, now that the days are getting war...
05/26/2021
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Nature Weaving

Join us for a weaving workshop using found materials! Tomorrow, May 27, at 3:30pm EDT, now that the days are getting warmer and the leaves and flowers are all starting to bloom, let's make some assemblage art using objects we find in nature! Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for future workshops!

Please join us for a weaving workshop using found materials from nature!

05/25/2021
City Council Forums — New Yorkers for Culture & Arts

Arts and culture are central to New York City’s economy, communities, and identity. Join our nonpartisan Queens City Council Candidate Forum hosted by New Yorkers for Culture & Arts on May 27th, 6-7:30pm EST, to hear from candidates from Districts 19, 20, 27, 31, and the public to discuss arts, culture, and community. Together we will move our city forward. More info and to register for the virtual forum: http://www.ny4ca.org/forum

May 20 6:00 PM18:00 City Council Forum - Manhattan Districts 7, 9, 10 Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:00 PM 7:30 PM 18:00 19:30 Google Calendar ICS Join New Yorkers for Culture and Arts for a nonpartisan City Council Candidate Forum on culture and arts. Candidates from Manhattan Districts 7, 9, 10 will be....

Take advantage of our early bird discount and register by June 6th! Our two-week summer camp provides hands-on, project-...
05/22/2021
Virtual Tinker Lab STEAM Summer Camp

Take advantage of our early bird discount and register by June 6th!

Our two-week summer camp provides hands-on, project-based instruction for kids aged 7-10 to explore various STEAM activities.

Join Latimer House this summer for our virtual Tinker Lab STEAM Camp!

First on-site staff reunion since COVID! We’re so excited for the interior’s reopening this summer!! #hope #lewislatimer...
05/20/2021

First on-site staff reunion since COVID! We’re so excited for the interior’s reopening this summer!! #hope #lewislatimer #beacon #historichouse #nycmuseum #flushing #queenshistory #blackhistory #steameducation #blackinventor #museumreopening

First on-site staff reunion since COVID! We’re so excited for the interior’s reopening this summer!! #hope #lewislatimer #beacon #historichouse #nycmuseum #flushing #queenshistory #blackhistory #steameducation #blackinventor #museumreopening

Join us this Thursday at 6:00pm est for a special Mandarin language virtual tour in partnership with Culture Pass.  In t...
05/12/2021
星期四, 5月13日 傍晚6点

Join us this Thursday at 6:00pm est for a special Mandarin language virtual tour in partnership with Culture Pass. In this program, we will discuss Lewis Latimer’s personal history, in-depth behind-the-scenes stories of his professional life, and his technological contributions to the field of electrical engineering. We will also discuss the historic move of the Latimer House to its current location in 1989. Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for future workshops!

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Please join us for a special Spanish language STEAM workshop in partnership with Culture Pass! This thursday, May 6th, a...
05/05/2021
Celebremos el Cinco de Mayo

Please join us for a special Spanish language STEAM workshop in partnership with Culture Pass! This thursday, May 6th, at 3:30pm EST, celebrate Cinco de Mayo and learn Repujado, a traditional Mexican embossing technique dating back to the 12th century. Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for future workshops!

Celebremos el Cinco de Mayo

Join us on Friday May 7, 5:30pm for an in-depth conversation with artist @shervone_neckles and the @beamcenter, to under...
05/04/2021

Join us on Friday May 7, 5:30pm for an in-depth conversation with artist @shervone_neckles and the @beamcenter, to understand the incredible process devoted to the design and making of BEACON in connection to Lewis Latimer's historical legacy. The discussion will be moderated by the Lewis Latimer House Museum. REGISTER link in bio.
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Shervone Neckles is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community worker. Neckles draws inspiration from the duality and transitional nature of her Afro-Grenadian, American identity. Her work embraces collage, alternative printmaking techniques, book arts, sculpture and social investigations.
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Beam Center empowers young people to do spectacular things and puts creative and technical production practices, collaboration, agency and real-world connections at thecenter of learning environments. Programs include in-school partnerships with 29elementary, middle and high schools throughout New York City and an after-school apprenticeship and employment programs where teens learn in-depth technical skillsand STEM concepts, and train for paid summer or after-school jobs. Beam Center’s approach is drawn from its ongoing work at Beam Camp, asummer camp in New Hampshire in its 16th year, where young people collaborate with builders and big thinkers to build ambitious, collaborative projects created with traditional and advanced tools and technologies.
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This event is supported by @humanitiesny.
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#lewislatimer #outdoorinstallation #outdoorsculpture #artisttalk #virtualculture #blackinventor #africanamericanhistory #historichouse

On Friday May 1, eight writers from Queens will share their stories through writing on the topics of race and immigratio...
04/27/2021

On Friday May 1, eight writers from Queens will share their stories through writing on the topics of race and immigration. Friends, family, and others welcome! Hit the link in bio.
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This spring, a group of 8 writers gathered at the Lewis Latimer House Museum to explore the topics of race & immigration. We will celebrate the conclusion of the workshop with readings by the participants. Join us virtually to hear the incredible stories they have to tell. The reading is facilitated by the workshop instructor Abeer Hoque @olivewitch.
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Readers: Christina Chan, Damali Abrams, Lu Han, Michele Gilliam, Michelle Pinzon Vieira, Nadia Misir, Rajan Maharjan, TJ.
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#virtualreading #writingworkshop #memoirwriting #nycculture #virtualevents #publicreading #queenswriters #race #immigration

https://writingonraceandimmigration.eventbrite.com

On Friday May 1, eight writers from Queens will share their stories through writing on the topics of race and immigration. Friends, family, and others welcome! Hit the link in bio.
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This spring, a group of 8 writers gathered at the Lewis Latimer House Museum to explore the topics of race & immigration. We will celebrate the conclusion of the workshop with readings by the participants. Join us virtually to hear the incredible stories they have to tell. The reading is facilitated by the workshop instructor Abeer Hoque @olivewitch.
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Readers: Christina Chan, Damali Abrams, Lu Han, Michele Gilliam, Michelle Pinzon Vieira, Nadia Misir, Rajan Maharjan, TJ.
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#virtualreading #writingworkshop #memoirwriting #nycculture #virtualevents #publicreading #queenswriters #race #immigration

https://writingonraceandimmigration.eventbrite.com

Join us tomorrow at 6:30pm! Link in bio @lewislatimerhouse . A virtual exhibition opening & artists talk for My Soul Wil...
04/22/2021

Join us tomorrow at 6:30pm! Link in bio @lewislatimerhouse . A virtual exhibition opening & artists talk for My Soul Will Be A Star, a collaboration between Lewis Latimer House Museum and @africanvoices .
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Presenting artists: @afutureancient @camioneera @keishagayeanderson ! The Latimer House outdoor exhibit is co-curated by @velazquezart729 from @southeastqueensartists .

Join us tomorrow at 6:30pm! Link in bio @lewislatimerhouse . A virtual exhibition opening & artists talk for My Soul Will Be A Star, a collaboration between Lewis Latimer House Museum and @africanvoices .
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Presenting artists: @afutureancient @camioneera @keishagayeanderson ! The Latimer House outdoor exhibit is co-curated by @velazquezart729 from @southeastqueensartists .

Celebrate Earth Day with Latimer House! This Thursday, April 22, at 3:30pm EST, artist Antonia Perez will join us for a ...
04/21/2021
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with Latimer House! This Thursday, April 22, at 3:30pm EST, artist Antonia Perez will join us for a special sculpture workshop. We will construct unexpected sculptural objects that reflect our culture’s relationship to disposable materials using items you would normally recycle. Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for more future workshops!

Please join us for a special Earth Day STEAM Workshop lead by artist Antonia Perez. Celebrate sustainability and make creative sculptures!

Join us on Friday 4/23 for a virtual artists talk with three artists from both Brooklyn and Queens — @kieshagayeanderson...
04/17/2021

Join us on Friday 4/23 for a virtual artists talk with three artists from both Brooklyn and Queens — @kieshagayeanderson, @afutureancient and @camioneera , introduced by @africanvoices and @lewislatimerhouse!

In April 2021, National Poetry Month, African Voices and the Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM) collaborate on an exhibit:

“My Soul Will Be A Star – The Resilience and Creativity of Our Immigrant Communities

To guide and comfort all the souls that are, And welcome others to their final home.”

This exhibit is a virtual/interactive/visual exploration in the strength and resilience of Brooklyn and Queens immigrant artists who are striving in their communities during this age of COVID-19, racial reckoning, and political unrest. The title comes from Latimer’s Poem xi, “My Soul will be a Star.” It will be on view 4/23-6/30/2021.
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#virtualculture #immigrantartists #virtualopening #exhibitionopening #artisttalk #poc #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth #artistofcolor

Join us on Friday 4/23 for a virtual artists talk with three artists from both Brooklyn and Queens — @kieshagayeanderson, @afutureancient and @camioneera , introduced by @africanvoices and @lewislatimerhouse!

In April 2021, National Poetry Month, African Voices and the Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM) collaborate on an exhibit:

“My Soul Will Be A Star – The Resilience and Creativity of Our Immigrant Communities

To guide and comfort all the souls that are, And welcome others to their final home.”

This exhibit is a virtual/interactive/visual exploration in the strength and resilience of Brooklyn and Queens immigrant artists who are striving in their communities during this age of COVID-19, racial reckoning, and political unrest. The title comes from Latimer’s Poem xi, “My Soul will be a Star.” It will be on view 4/23-6/30/2021.
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#virtualculture #immigrantartists #virtualopening #exhibitionopening #artisttalk #poc #poetry #nationalpoetrymonth #artistofcolor

Photos from Beam Center's post
04/13/2021

Photos from Beam Center's post

Our garden is reopening this Friday April 9! Take in the spring by being surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms and exp...
04/07/2021

Our garden is reopening this Friday April 9! Take in the spring by being surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms and experience the new outdoor installation Beacon, which commemorates Latimer’s blueprint for electric lighting!
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Open hours: 11am-5pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
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Beacon is created by artist @shervone_neckles and partner @beamcenter .

04/05/2021

Join the Project Cherish Committee and the Queens Alumnae Chapter on an interactive tour of the Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, NY. The Director and tour guide will bring you actual filmed footage of Mr. Latimer's house moved to its present location and pre-recorded footage of Mr. Latimer and his home. Lewis Latimer is a history maker and an inventor who helped revolutionize modern America. We’ll be taking a trip back in time on this exciting tour to learn more about the man and his life. A Q&A will follow the tour.
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Date: Sunday, April 18th
Time: 2pm
Ticket: $15.00
www.projcherish2021.Eventbrite.com

#DSTQuAC
#LewisLatimer
#QuacProectjCherish

Celebrate Earth Day with Latimer House! This Thursday, April 22, at 3:30pm EST, artist Antonia Perez @aaperezpix will jo...
04/04/2021
Virtual STEAM Workshop: Easter Chemistry

Celebrate Earth Day with Latimer House! This Thursday, April 22, at 3:30pm EST, artist Antonia Perez @aaperezpix will join us for a special sculpture workshop. We will construct unexpected sculptural objects that reflect our culture’s relationship to disposable materials using items you would normally recycle. Register for the workshop to receive the zoom link. Follow us for more future workshops!

Celebrate Easter with Latimer House! Use chemistry to decorate easter eggs!

What an amazing gift for the spring!! 🙌❤️😊🔥Heartfelt thank you to the wonderful partner @beamcenter and artist + initiat...
03/27/2021

What an amazing gift for the spring!! 🙌❤️😊🔥Heartfelt thank you to the wonderful partner @beamcenter and artist + initiator @shervone_neckles !#Repost @shervone_neckles
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What a rewarding feeling to share that the installation of BEACON is complete‼️

My sincerest appreciation and thanks to Beam Center and their Fellows for an amazing collaborative experience. From the very beginning Beam Center understood the historical significance, believed in the vision, and worked earnestly towards realizing BEACON.

Together we produced a 12FT tall, steel LED interactive public art sculpture inspired by the great American Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer’s 1881 patent for the electrical lamp and 1882 patent for the process of manufacturing carbon filament in the incandescent lightbulb.

BEACON will be on view at the Lewis Latimer House Museum and Garden starting April 9th. The sculpture will be on view until August 15th and then it will travel to its next location!!! Visit the linktree in the bio for more information on the project.

@beamcenter, @lewislatimerhousemuseum

#lewislatimer, #lewislatimerhousemuseum, #beamcenter, #beacon #americanhistory, #history, #blackhistory, #newyorkhistory, #queensnyc, #queenshistory, #brooklynhistory, #nycpublicart #contemporaryartist, #grenadaartists #caribbeanartist #contemporaryart #shervoneneckles

What an amazing gift for the spring!! 🙌❤️😊🔥Heartfelt thank you to the wonderful partner @beamcenter and artist + initiator @shervone_neckles !#Repost @shervone_neckles
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What a rewarding feeling to share that the installation of BEACON is complete‼️

My sincerest appreciation and thanks to Beam Center and their Fellows for an amazing collaborative experience. From the very beginning Beam Center understood the historical significance, believed in the vision, and worked earnestly towards realizing BEACON.

Together we produced a 12FT tall, steel LED interactive public art sculpture inspired by the great American Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer’s 1881 patent for the electrical lamp and 1882 patent for the process of manufacturing carbon filament in the incandescent lightbulb.

BEACON will be on view at the Lewis Latimer House Museum and Garden starting April 9th. The sculpture will be on view until August 15th and then it will travel to its next location!!! Visit the linktree in the bio for more information on the project.

@beamcenter, @lewislatimerhousemuseum

#lewislatimer, #lewislatimerhousemuseum, #beamcenter, #beacon #americanhistory, #history, #blackhistory, #newyorkhistory, #queensnyc, #queenshistory, #brooklynhistory, #nycpublicart #contemporaryartist, #grenadaartists #caribbeanartist #contemporaryart #shervoneneckles

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34-41 137th St
Flushing, NY
11354

General information

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

Opening Hours

Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(718) 961-8585

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Tours - Guided English & Mandarin tours provided. For group tours please make reservations at least 2 weeks in advance. Individual tours available on walk-in basis during regular opening hours.

Rentals - For meetings and special events call or email for rates.
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School Programs
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School programs explore topics ranging from abolitionism to the invention of electric lighting. Programs feature interactive tours and hands-on activities that emphasize active participation and teamwork. Teachers receive pre- and post-visit materials including science experiments and suggested classroom activities. School programs can be adapted for grades 4-12 to link with classroom instruction. Programs have been designed to fulfill New York State Learning and New York City Performance Standards.

Special Programs
Special programs include poetry readings, arts classes and exhibits, historic plays, literary discussions, concerts and other cultural events.

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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