King Manor Museum will be closed on Saturday, February 9 AND Sunday, February 10 due to snow conditions. The Hands-on History event scheduled for this weekend has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 16 from 12-3.
New Americans celebrate their citizenship
The flag waved proudly and prominently at Rufus King Manor in Jamaica
There was enough flag waving and patriotic pride to make one think it was the Fourth of July, but the celebration, held on Sept. 17 at Rufus King Manor in Jamaica, was to swear in newly naturalized citizens.
The site was particularly appropriate because it was the summer home of founding father Rufus King, who was also a state senator and an ardent foe of slavery.
Congratulating the new citizens at the ceremony were its presiding officer, Judge Margo Broadie of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York, and Timothy Houghton, Queens field office director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The keynote speaker was King Manor caretaker Roy Fox, who gave a history of King and his role in the early years of the Republic. Also invited to speak were Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans).
Rufus King ceremony ushers immigrants to citizenship
By Rich Bockmann
Celidez Arvelo was choked with emotion Monday when after 11 years in this country she could finally call herself an American citizen.
“You change your life forever. [When I came to America,] I only wanted to pass through and stay a while,” the immigrant from the Dominican Republic said. “I love America and I want to be here forever.”
Queens Welcomes New U.S. Citizens
By JOE MARVILLI
|The new citizens gather after the naturalization ceremony at the King Manor Museum on Monday.
Tribune Photo by Ira Cohen
King Manor Museum held a naturalization ceremony on Sept. 17, the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
Occurring on what is known as Citizenship Day, the ceremony meant the beginning of a new life for the 75 citizens naturalized, and for their families who came out to celebrate with them. The weather was sunny and warm, but the crowd was comfortable, shaded under a tent in King Manor’s backyard. The museum is the one-time home of Rufus King, one of the Founding Fathers and one of the five framers of the Constitution. (more…)
Our America is too strong to kill
You can’t kill this America.
This is the indestructible America that those people who kill our ambassadors, storm our embassies and burn Old Glory wish were theirs.
On Monday, Sept. 17, on the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, 75 immigrants who know what life is like elsewhere and think life is better here will be sworn in as American citizens at the King Manor and Museum in Jamaica, Queens.
For Stewards of Historic Homes, No Salary but Unbeatable RentOriginally Published in the NY Times, April 20, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/nyregion/for-caretakers-a-rent-free-life-in-new-yorks-historic-homes.html?ref=nyregion
It has been nearly a quarter-century since Roy Fox had a regular salary. He is not a lottery winner or the recipient of some grand family fortune. He is, in short, the type of person who long ago would have been priced out by New York’s ever-climbing housing market. (more…)
This article was originally featured in the Queens Chronicle on Nov. 18, 2010
by Andrew Benjamin, qboro Contributor
Apples. Apples. Apples. They’re a healthy food, make a thirst-quenching juice, and a well known computer company has taken a bite out of the fruit in its company logo.
For children interested in learning more about the doctor’s purported foe, “Hands-On History: Apples, Apples, Apples!” at King Manor Museum takes a crisp new look at the fruit from which our city gets its nickname. (more…)
By AnnMarie Costello, Chronicle Reporter
In the heart of downtown Jamaica stands an important piece of American history — the former home of Rufus King, which is now a museum. Thousands of people visit the location every year, but for those who haven’t made the journey yet, the location’s namesake may be somewhat of a mystery. (more…)
This article originally appeared in the Queens Chronicle on 06/24/2010
by Arielle Concilio , Chronicle Contributor
Politics runs in the family. At least in Queens it does, where the borough’s long tradition of political dynasties was celebrated last week at King Manor Museum in Jamaica during a portrait unveiling.
The museum — which once was home to the Kings — one of Queens’ first political families, unveiled its newly-restored portrait of John Alsop King, son of founding father Rufus King, and a 19th century New York state governor. (more…)
His role in shaping the fledgling nation likely fell into obscurity because he never ascended to the presidency – and few historians explored his accomplishments in crucial yet unsung roles as senator and ambassador to Great Britain.
But a researcher who is combing through King’s 2,200-title library – among the most extensive in early America – hopes findings about books he read and notes he took may someday vault him into the national spotlight.
“Right now, Rufus King would be considered a second-tier founding father,” admitted David Gary, 31, who is exploring King’s volumes for his doctoral dissertation. “My research is trying to make him a first-tier.” (more…)