FL Fall Convention
Nov. 3, 2022
St. John Divine Church Hall
Sun City Center, FL
Bardens' Angels Outing
January 19, 2023
Location: TDB
2023 Spring Council Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Spartan Manor, New Port Richey, FL 34653
2023 International Convention
Best Western Ramkota Hotel
Rapid City, South Dakota

About Us

Jessie Elizabeth BardensThe Questers, an international study organization, was founded by Jessie Elizabeth Bardens in 1944. Our goals are to stimulate the appreciation of antiques through study and research and to encourage the preservation of historical landmarks.

The Questers is a non-profit corporation with a membership of nearly 14,000. Headquarters are located on Quince Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The building, erected in 1802, is of the Federal period. Today, it provides space for an administrative office, the Bardens Memorial Library and reception and sitting rooms for members' use.

Chapters are formed when eight or more people share an interest in the objectives of The Questers. Each chapter plans its own programs which may include speakers, field trips to local historic sites or research study papers presented by members.

The "Quester Quarterly" provides information about the international organization and what other states or provinces are doing. Our newsletter, "Cracker Crumbs", keeps Florida members informed as to projects other Florida Chapters are involved with and any other information which may be of value to our membership.

Chapters often take on fundraising projects (usually limited to chapter members but with special permission of the Board, may appeal to the public) for two very special causes: scholarship or Preservation and Restoration of a historical site or object.

Annual scholarships are awarded at the International Convention to a first-year, and second-year student in the architectural field, who have been accepted by the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York.

Preservation and Restoration is another area of strong interest as we feel that this provides a tangible record of everyday living and allows us to bring the past to life and profit by the experiences of previous generations.