Professor Thayer's graduate level course on Public History tasked students with creating material on the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground. The resulting projects were notable in terms of research depth, audience engagement and level of refinement. We share their work below and applaud their efforts in creating meaningful works.
Kevin O'Leary and
In 2009, a park in Queens known as Martin's Field was given a new name: The Olde Town of Flushing Burial Ground. From the point of view of an ordinary resident, the change may have seemed to happen out of nowhere. The site's century old history was acknowledged, but why all of a sudden? As it turns out, there was nothing sudden about it. In the 90s, an activist named Mandingo Tschaka spearheaded an effort to gain recognition for the land and the people buried there. Our group wanted to shed light on the stories of those who believed that the location's legacy was worth saving from obscurity. We conducted interviews with local historians and active conservancy members to shed light on the burial ground's past, present, and future.
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Maura Johnson and
This series of lesson plans focuses on using primary source materials to encourage students to think critically about the history and legacy of the historic Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground in Flushing, Queens. Each lesson incorporates a central theme, discussion questions, and archival source materials.
Grade level: 11th & 12th
Alexander Rettie and
Our goal, with this wiki website, is to develop a comprehensive finding aid for historical locations and groups around Queens. Our aim is to create a wiki website that is read-only to the public and directly managed by Queens Memory. For the public, Queens Recall will serve as a general index, or Yellow Pages, of Queens’ historical sites. We will try to incorporate all of Flushing as a proof-of-concept, but PmWiki’s extensibility allows for a much greater scope and distribution of access (a sub-wiki for partner organizations). This will be approached by creating: