King Manor Museum

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King Manor Museum is a historic house that aims to preserve and interpret the home of Rufus King, one of America's founding fathers and signer of the Constitution. Through programming, King Manor Museum strives to make 19th century history relevant and to foster an awareness of history as an ongoing process.

Just uploaded a quick experiment to do with your budding scientists, pre-K through 5th grade! For more activities to kee...
05/08/2020

Just uploaded a quick experiment to do with your budding scientists, pre-K through 5th grade! For more activities to keep you and your family busy, visit our website at https://www.kingmanor.org/king-manor-home

Did you know? Rufus King was so into agriculture, he once bought 3 barge-loads of manure from different states so he could test it on his crops and find out who had the most fertile soil! These tests were important, as Rufus' home experiments in part helped other 19th-century farmers in the United States figure out the best practices for healthy crops and good yields.

Need some good listening? Before becoming our beloved caretaker, Fox was a famous radio host! To celebrate the 100th ann...
05/08/2020
Roy Fox

Need some good listening? Before becoming our beloved caretaker, Fox was a famous radio host! To celebrate the 100th anniversary of KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh he was back on the air! Hear him talk about radio, baseball, and of course, Rufus King!

https://kdkaradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/roy-fox

KDKA radio talk show host for 9 years Roy Fox from "The Fox's Den" joins Mangino during the KDKA at 100 years hour.

A huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers who distributed hundreds of @milkcrategardens this weekend! (In the rain ...
05/04/2020

A huge thank you to all the amazing volunteers who distributed hundreds of @milkcrategardens this weekend! (In the rain no less!!)
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@reclaimseednyc @the_c_u_r_b #foodjustice #sustainability #minigarden #kale #eatlocal #growyourownfood #plants #gardens #gardening #biodiversity #foodsecurity #quarantine #iloveny #thankyou #thankful @ Jamaica, New York

"How do you know all this?"Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a museum? What do curators and museum educators do al...
04/28/2020

"How do you know all this?"

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a museum? What do curators and museum educators do all day? Check our our latest at-home resource, inspired by the question most often asked by students at King Manor!

https://www.kingmanor.org/how-do-you-know-all-this-part-i

04/18/2020
Rufus' Library: The Velveteen Rabbit

Introducing Rufus' Library! From Rufus King's nineteenth-century library, join King Manor's caretaker and veteran radio host Roy Fox for a special read-aloud series of classic children's books. On this episode, Fox reads "The Velveteen Rabbit," written by Margery Williams in 1922, a heartwarming story of one stuffed rabbit's journey to become Real through the love of his Boy.

More episodes coming soon!

From Rufus King's library at his historic home in Jamaica, Queens, join King Manor's caretaker and veteran radio host Roy Fox for a special read-aloud series...

We love food history at King Manor, so this project is right up our alley! (We’ve been seeing a lot of people online exp...
04/07/2020
Greater Hudson Heritage Network

We love food history at King Manor, so this project is right up our alley! (We’ve been seeing a lot of people online experimenting with sourdough -we are too! And we’re thinking about trying our hands at beer brewing...)

What a fantastic project! 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

“...we are sending out a call to cook, asking oral and public historians and storytellers throughout the world to share a food memory and a recipe that speaks to or reflects on, directly or obliquely, these COVID-19 times. If we can’t gather and share space, we might as well ground ourselves in well-told stories that provide perspective and enable us to find comfort in good food... an accessible way of sharing stories about the past while also documenting this present moment. We’ve made this form of storytelling as simple as possible. Just fill in the online form and when you’re done, we’ll share your content on our blog. “

Thank you ☺️
03/25/2020

Thank you ☺️

"Happy Birthday Rufus King! (March 24, 1755 – April 29, 1827)

King began his political career by serving as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, which then led to his service as a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1786. He became known as a brilliant orator and as an early opponent of slavery. At age 32, King’s state sent him to represent its interests at the Constitutional Convention. He is known for attending every session of the Convention. He also worked with Alexander Hamilton in preparing the final draft of the Constitution on the Committee of Style and Arrangement.

The DAR Americana Collection houses a complete set of the signatures of the 39 signers of the U.S. Constitution. As a Constitution signer, King's signature is on a letter to I. Watson discussing honesty in matters of business and finance, 1792. (Americana Collection, acc. 2000x08)

You can view the collection of the signatures of the U.S. Constitution Signers here: www.dar.org/ConstitutionSigners"

03/16/2020

King Manor will be closed from today, March 15th until further notice.

We look forward to seeing our visitors back soon, healthy and excited for our upcoming exhibition on women in historic preservation!

We'll leave you with this King Family fact:
Did you know that vaccinations in some form have existed in the Western world since 1796? That means Rufus King's son Frederick "Fitty," as a young doctor would have had the opportunity to study this new field during his education in the early 1800's.

03/16/2020

We are closed to the public from March 15 until Sunday the 22. Sending love and healthy wishes to all.

03/13/2020
King Manor Museum

New York Historical Costumer Society

:( We unfortunately had to postpone. We'll keep you all updated on the new date!!

Good afternoon,

Because of current Covid-19 health concerns and to keep our visitors and musician safe, we have decided to postpone this weekend's event "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari w/live accompaniment" on Sunday, March 15th.

A new date will be chosen shortly; please stay tuned for more information. We expect this date will be a weekend in April (not Easter Sunday).

While we cannot offer refunds at this time, we will absolutely transfer tickets, which will be completed without any further action on your part.

As we are a low-risk site, and are taking appropriate precautions with sanitation, THE MUSEUM WILL REMAIN OPEN. All other programming will continue as planned.

If you have further concerns or questions, please email us at [email protected]. We thank you for your understanding and your support. Stay healthy, be well, and we'll see you soon!

- King Manor Staff

03/13/2020

Good afternoon,

Because of current Covid-19 health concerns and to keep our visitors and musician safe, we have decided to postpone this weekend's event "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari w/live accompaniment" on Sunday, March 15th.

A new date will be chosen shortly; please stay tuned for more information. We expect this date will be a weekend in April (not Easter Sunday).

While we cannot offer refunds at this time, we will absolutely transfer tickets, which will be completed without any further action on your part.

As we are a low-risk site, and are taking appropriate precautions with sanitation, THE MUSEUM WILL REMAIN OPEN. All other programming will continue as planned.

If you have further concerns or questions, please email us at [email protected]. We thank you for your understanding and your support. Stay healthy, be well, and we'll see you soon!

- King Manor Staff

Yesterday we welcomed back Rufus King's newly restored, 220 year old desk to its original location in the library! Roy F...
02/18/2020

Yesterday we welcomed back Rufus King's newly restored, 220 year old desk to its original location in the library! Roy Fox, our caretaker and passionate King scholar took folks around the museum for a special tour and we had a great day learning to write like Rufus in the North Kitchen!

Thanks to Christopher Anigacz of Double Queue Fine Furniture Restoration and Conservation for his work on this very special piece of our collection.

Need a last-minute Valentine's date?? Why not swipe on us? 😜We already love you 😘(Show us some love? https://bit.ly/2Hl7...
02/14/2020

Need a last-minute Valentine's date?? Why not swipe on us? 😜
We already love you 😘
(Show us some love? https://bit.ly/2Hl77iE 😍)

02/12/2020
Transfer at Jamaica

Today is the last day of the R-42 cars! New York Transit Museum
In their honor, we wanted to share a bit of our brand-new exhibition space, featuring a show about the history of transit in Jamaica! Come on down to see and learn more +WATCH THIS SPOT for new shows! Artist collaboration also welcomed.

On this day 200 years ago, Rufus King delivered a powerful anti-slavery speech on the Senate floor, directly addressing ...
02/11/2020

On this day 200 years ago, Rufus King delivered a powerful anti-slavery speech on the Senate floor, directly addressing the immorality of slaveholders and seeking to invalidate the laws of slavery on the basis of them being unconstitutional (and he would know! King was a framer, or editor of the US Constitution). This was a monumental moment in early anti-slavery activism presented during the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and at the time King was both praised and vilified for the speech (19 death threats!)

"But my purpose is fixed," he told then President Monroe. "Mr. President, I have yet to learn that one man can make a slave of another; if one man cannot do so, no number of individuals can have any better right to do it, and I hold that all laws and compacts imposing any such condition upon any human being are absolutely void, because contrary to the law of nature, which is the law of God, which He makes His way known to man, and is paramount to all human control." -- Sen. Rufus King (NY), February 11th, 1820

Check it out!! 🤩🤩🤩🥰🥰🥰
02/06/2020

Check it out!! 🤩🤩🤩🥰🥰🥰

Antique desk with historic connections - at the library!
The King Manor Museum, located in Jamaica Queens, commissioned Christopher Anigacz of Double Queue Fine Furniture Restoration in Walden, to fully restore the secretary desk. It predates 44 US states and once belonged to Rufus King, one of the original framers of the Constitution and an outspoken opponent of slavery. Mr. King's son, John Alsop King, served as New York's Governor where he fought against fugitive slave laws. The recently restored 220 year old desk will be on display until Saturday, February 15. Visit the library to find out more about the historic events connected to the desk. Then take a trip and visit the King Manor Museum! Many thanks to Mr. Anigacz and Museum Executive Director Kelsey Brow for offering to showcase a piece of history at the Josephine-Louise Public Library!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for Jane Austen and crafting last weekend!! These are the lovely folks who dress...
02/05/2020

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for Jane Austen and crafting last weekend!! These are the lovely folks who dressed up! But you’re welcome in costume or street clothes 😊 join us 2/8 for part 2!!

Join us for #artsandcrafts #tea and a marathon #janeausten reading! Costumes more than encouraged! 😍🥰starts at noon...#r...
01/30/2020

Join us for #artsandcrafts #tea and a marathon #janeausten reading! Costumes more than encouraged! 😍🥰starts at noon
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#readathon #regency #teatime #parlor #saturdaycraftday #crafting #sewing #janeite #persuasion #books #19thcentury #antique #antiqueprints

Did you catch this article about one of our amazing honorees from last year's Constitution & Cocktails? Please join us i...
01/26/2020

Did you catch this article about one of our amazing honorees from last year's Constitution & Cocktails? Please join us in wishing her the best! 😀

It sure felt like spring today!
01/24/2020

It sure felt like spring today!

Why not make our #Friyay and support our 120th anniversary campaign? $120 to see your name on the wall in the only histo...
01/24/2020
Celebrate 120 years of King Manor Museum!

Why not make our #Friyay and support our 120th anniversary campaign? $120 to see your name on the wall in the only historic house in Southeast Queens? #worthit
https://kingmanor120.eventbrite.com

Celebrate 120 years of connecting our community with the 19th century and the world of Rufus King and support another 120 years to come!

It’s that time of year again!! Are you thinking about your #newyearsresolution 🤔??  For King Manor’s 120th anniversary I...
12/27/2019

It’s that time of year again!! Are you thinking about your #newyearsresolution 🤔??
For King Manor’s 120th anniversary I’m committed to ACTUALLY learning Spanish in 2020! I want to stop having to say #losiento and start saying #bienvenido al museo 😍 What are your #2020goals ? Let’s achieve together, Jamaica 🤩
— Kelsey, Executive Director
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#nye2020 #newyearsgoals #insipiration #motivation #holdmetoit #hablamosjuntos #languagelearning #fitnessmotivation #crushing #iloveny #queensvibes

12/09/2019

Our phones and internet have been down due to faulty Verizon lines in our area! Please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as best we can from our cell phones! 🙇
Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for understanding!

12/05/2019
It’s in Queens podcast

Thanks so much for the feature! Can’t wait to see everyone for some pomander-making this Saturday! 😍

We got your calls, your emails, your texts and we heard you! No fear Chris is back! Oh you didn't call write or text? Oh well he is back any way. This week Rob's changing voice leads the way with a huge event that takes place over 50 days! The Hello Panda Festival at CitiField , it's an Asian themed event with 120 lantern exhibits food and unique gifts. The Queens Historical House tour takes place this weekend, 4 centuries of history (stops at Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, Quaker Meeting House, Queens Historical Society, and Lewis Latimer House Museum) on that one. We also have a movie about downtown Manhattan in the early 80's at Museum of the Moving Image, the The Secret Theatre takes on a Faustian story, make a Pomander at King Manor Museum or a wreath at The Queens County Farm Museum, plenty of local holiday markets, Queens Botanical Garden has Santa this weekend, Kwanzaa celebrations at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning and the Black Spectrum Theatre Company, the Lexington School for the Deaf perform at the Queens Theatre, a STEM College Fair at Nysci and lastly get your disco on at Resorts World Casino New York Citywith Disco Unlimited at BAR 360

Check out more at www.itsinqueens.com

Due to an issue with museum phone lines, we are unable to receive phone calls at this time.For inquiries regarding trip ...
11/21/2019
Education — King Manor Museum

Due to an issue with museum phone lines, we are unable to receive phone calls at this time.

For inquiries regarding trip booking, private groups, rentals and all other basic information, please email [email protected], or use our online booking forms (link below!). We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the phones up and running soon. Thank you!

In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to check out our new website and sign up for email alerts for all our upcoming events!

https://www.kingmanor.org/tour

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10/14/2019

Please note we are closed today, Monday 10/14. See you tomorrow!

Address

150-03 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY
11432

E, F, J trains LIRR AirTrain MTA bus

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 14:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00
Thursday 12:00 - 14:00
Friday 12:00 - 14:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(718) 206-0545

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King Manor Museum is a historic house that aims to preserve and interpret the home of Rufus King, one of America's founding fathers, a framer/signer of the Constitution, and anti-slavery politician. Our mission is to foster civic awareness, critical thinking, and empathy by using Rufus King’s life and times as a jumping-off point to explore the ramifications of the past on the present.

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