"The work the QHS does is great," said Avella. "Our borough has a unique history and I always considered it important to preserve it."
The Flushing-based group was founded in in 1968. Executive director Branka Duknic said the grant will enhance programming geared towards elementary and middle school children, including current programs focused on archaeology and another on solar power sponsored by Con Edison.
The historical society is also in the process of developing programs for high school students on art history.
"The president and trustees are all volunteers working with a very small staff and interns from colleges and high schools, and they all have a special love for the Queens Historical Society,” said trustee Joseph Brostek. "This grant will certainly help to keep things going strong at QHS."