The Queens Millennium Celebration, a ten-month salute to the year 2000, will begin in February. The celebration is sponsored by Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, and directed by Dr. Stanley Cogan, Queens Borough Historian.

The celebration will run from February through November, with each month devoted to a particular theme. The opening February theme will be "Early Queens History." Subsequent themes will be as diverse as the borough itself, with activities varying from exhibits to guided tours, from slide talks to garden displays. Locations cover the. borough, ranging from landmarked institutions to an abandoned motor parkway.

Information will be made available through two sources. The first will be monthly announcements, such as this one, in which information will be published in local and daily newspapers, as well as the Internet.

The second source will be a calendar for the whole year, which will be made available boroughwide in the near future.

Following is the February schedule:


Early Queens History

Bayside Historical Society: Building 208, Fort Totten, Bayside, (718) 352-1548
Mondays through Saturdays, 11:00 &m. to 3:00 p.m.

Archaeology of Bayside &. Queens Exhibit: 2nd Floor

An exhibit of artifacts related to pre-Columbian native habitation of the Little Neck Bay area supplied by the New York Institute of Anthropology. It includes stn array of artifacts dating back to 10,000 B.C. and lots it simulated dig site, complete with tools, for younger visitors to touch and examine. A basket of stone projectiles may also be handled by visitors.
Two Matinecock Indian representatives will be present on February 5th and 19th from 1:00 to3:00 p.m. hosting the exhibit. In/ormation sheets are free to visitors.

The History of Little Neck Bay Exhibit: 1st Floor

This exhibit will show the historical, social and economic significance of Little Neck Bay. It will span from the time glaciers were present in the area tothe Indian settlements that existed to the development of the area at the turn of the century (in preparation)

Grandmother's Trunk, Traveling Exhibit:
A Popular exhibit with Bayside area school.

Bayside Yacht Club Exhibit: 2nd Floor

This exhibit documents the influence of sailing in Bayside. Memorabilia, such as trophies, log books and portraits are displayed, which record the activities of the Yacht Club throughout the 20th Century

A special attraction will be the presence of two Native Americans, on February 5th and 19th from 1 to 3 p.m. They will host and talk with visitors about the earliest inhabitants of the area, the Matinecock Indians

Pophenhusen Institute: 114-04 Fourteenth Road, College Point. (718) 358-0067

February 12th, 1 to 4 p. m.

Eugene Boesch will speak on findings of an archaeological dig that was done in 1997 at 141st Street and 14th Avenue.

Mandingo Tshaka, Chief Red Deer, and other Matinecocks will talk about Matinecock traditional customs, and answer any questions. The Matinecocks were, the earliest inhabitants of Bayside and Northeast Queens.

Viewing of Native American Exhibit
Literature as will be available on the Matinecocks, as well as documentation on the archaeological digs that were done in the 19310s which were unearthed in the College Point area where Native Americans dwelt.
Copies of an archeological report will be available for purchase.