The Sport of Kings in Queens: Celebrating 350 Years of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

King Charles II of Great Britain, upon seizing New Netherland from the Dutch, promptly renamed it the Province of New York. An avid breeder, owner, and racer of thoroughbred horses, Charles established the first official race course in 1667 in Queens, Province of New York.

Our new exhibition – The Sport of Kings in Queens: Celebrating 350 Years of Thoroughbred Horse Racing – relates the remarkable history of thoroughbred horse racing in Queens and is co-located at Flushing Town Hall’s Greenroom and the Queens Historical Society.

The exhibition opens on Sunday, October 8 with a reception at 2:30 PM at Kingsland Homestead, at 143-35 37th Avenue in Flushing. The exhibition is open until June 30, 2018, and exhibition hours are Noon to 5:00 PM. A $5 donation is suggested, and the exhibition is free for members and students.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

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