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Star of Queens: Patricia B. Sherwood, president, Queens Historical Society

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The Queens Historical Society (QHS) works to preserve the history of the borough. As president of the QHS, Patricia Sherwood leads the board of directors and assists the executive director in carrying out the society’s mission.

Sherwood hopes that the QHS will be able to preserve the community’s history so that future generations of Queens residents will be able to enjoy it.

Sherwood has been on the QHS’ board of directors since 2007. She worked her way up the ranks to be voted vice-president of operations and then president of the board.

The society was founded in 1968 and is located in the Kingsland Homestead in Flushing

BACKGROUND: Sherwood moved from Manhattan to settle in Parkway Village, Queens in 1961. She said she has been involved with preservation projects since 2000.

Throughout the years, she has worked with organizations including the Queens Preservation Council, the Queens Historical District Council, the Women’s Club of Forest Hills and many others.

“That’s what I do in my spare time,” Sherwood said.

She describes her full-time job as being a mother and a grandmother.

INSPIRATION: Sherwood wants to make sure that New York is not automatically associated with the borough of Manhattan.

“I always felt [Queens] was an orphan borough,” she said.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Sherwood says one of her favorite memories is working with people from different cultures throughout Queens. She calls Queens a “United Nations” of cultures.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Sherwood cites a lack of financial resources and the low number of volunteers who are willing to help preserve Queens’ history as the biggest roadblock to her mission.

“It’s a lack of resources,” she said. “It’s a lack of people who want to work on the communities other than their own.”




Kew Gardens co-op Parkway Village now historic

| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Assemblymember Rory Lancman

Parkway Village in Kew Gardens Hills — deemed worthy of preservation — has joined the nation’s official list of historic places.

“As a community struggling to survive and flourish in challenging economic times, it is gratifying for long-time Parkway residents like me to witness the official recognition of Parkway Village’s illustrious history,” said Judith Guttman, co-president of the Parkway Village Historical Society. “I’m proud to be a Villager.”

Parkway, a roughly 35-acre co-op community, was built in the late 1940s. The more than 60-year-old post-war garden complex was originally built to house UN staff members.

While proposals to designate Parkway as a landmark were rejected at least twice — in 1997 and 2000 — by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, it is now part of the National Register of Historic Places, a federal program aimed at protecting the country’s historic and archeological resources. Parkway also joins historic New York sites like Carnegie Hall, Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge on the state’s Historic Registry.

“We all know how much overdevelopment threatens the character of historic neighborhoods like Parkway Village,” said Assemblymember Rory Lancman, who held a press conference on May 24 to commemorate the recognition. “Listing Parkway Village on the State and National Historic Registries is both a tremendous honor for its residents, and a sigh of relief for families in this area who want to see their neighborhoods and their quality of life preserved for future generations.”

To be eligible for listing on the register, properties must generally be at least 50 years old and still bear much resemblance to the way it looked in the past, according to the National Park Service. It must also have ties to important activities or people in history and have architectural and archeological significance for the future.

Parkway’s two- and three-story buildings — faced with red brick and lined with white columns and lintels — were once home to notable figures like diplomat Ralph Bunche and activists Betty Friedan and Roy Wilkins.

Properties listed on the register may be eligible for a 20 percent investment tax credit, including state and federal grants. They are also given consideration in planning for federal projects.