All photography provided by Jared Chambers

Since 1981, we have led the effort to introduce over 100 thousand urban area learners to ancient African history. We have been at the forefront of employing the arts as social studies access strategies.


Our Mission

Queens Historical Society mission is to help youth develop a positive identity, motivation to achieve and new respect for women and people of African descent through the acquisition of African royal history and culture.  We are a non-profit organization and a City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services supported agency.

It was clear to me that it was not a performance per se, that there was shared power of inter-generational cultural identity in everyone, and that all of us were “participant observers.” These were all elements of theory I have studied in cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology.
— Terence M. Liu, PhD. Ethnomusicology

What We've Achieved

  • Over 100 university student received jobs and service learning opportunities promoting Cultural Heritage Tourism in major markets.
  • Over 1,000 performing arts students representing XX P.A. magnet schools trained by QHS for performances at local university venues.
  • Over 100,000 K-12 students complete pre/post social study lessons and attended a QHS cultural/college field trip during school hours, funded by local school districts.
  • Served as African imagery consultants to two national Historically Black College & University Beauty Pageants.
  • Secured the city of Long Beach' first live show airing of the Steve Harvey Morning Show at a major California State University as a QHS pre-show event.


  • Secured the Grand Rights to Stevie Wonder's, music score, "Journey Through the Secret life of Plants"  for music students to perform musical accompaniment for Queens of the Nile, Now at annual school district matinee performances.
  • Performance appearance at 2005 United States King Tutankhamen Exhibition Opening Ceremony Performance.
  • Served as cultural ambassador for cultural exchange between National Council of Negro Women.
  • The first performance of Nile Valley Queens at the Nubian Cultural Center in Aswan, Egypt by African American artist.
  • The only cultural arts agency to fill the 4,000 seat Walter Pyramid at California State University, Long Beach for Cultural Literacy and College outreach.