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Presbyterian church makes history

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am

The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown celebrated its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places on May 18 with the unveiling of the plaque that says it made the selective list.

Part of The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s annual Sacred Sites Open House weekend, First Presbyterian events on May 17 and 18 included talks on the church’s history and architecture and walking tours. Dedicated in 1895 for a congregation that traces back to 1652, the church is located at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 54th Avenue in Elmhurst. In the 1920s, it was moved 125 feet because the boulevard was about to be widened. Further details of the church’s history and more are available online at fpcn.org.

Standing at top left before the church’s new plaque on May 18 are Marjorie Melikian, left, chairwoman of its historical committee; Barbara Jackson from the office of Rep. Joe Crowley; Ann Friedman of the Landmarks Conservancy; and state Sen. Toby Stavisky.

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