“I live here” at Lewis H Latimer House Museum

The “I Live Here” project will be at home this Summer at the Lewis H Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens.

As many of us know, Lewis Latimer was an African American scientist and inventor, who lived from 1848-1928.  He played an instrumental role in creating the modern light bulb and the telephone.  In addition to being an expert draftsman and pioneering inventor, he was deeply involved in his local community in Flushing.

He learned languages too.  When he spent time in Montreal to oversee the installation of an electric lighting system he learned French so that he could better train the local workers.

What better place to host the “I Live Here” project?  Over the Summer, expect events celebrating the linguistic diversity of Queens, audio activities, and the creation of a banner for the fence around the house saying “I live here” in languages spoken in the borough.


The kids of Annabel Short, Founder of “I Live Here”, enjoying our Tinkering Lab



Ryan Hartley Smith (r), graphic design Professor at Queens College, and Bryan Ramirez (l), graphic design student. Bryan will be interning on the I Live Here project at the house over the Summer.



Designs for the “I live here” banner, created by Queens College students.


Find out more about how these designs were created.

And more on LatimerNOW: @LatimerNow / #MuseumAnarchy

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