50th Anniversary Celebration of the Sip-In at Julius’

April 25, 2016

Dick Leitsch, Sip-In participant and then-president of the Mattachine Society of New York, being interviewed.
Julius’ on the 50th anniversary of the Sip-In.
Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch inside the bar where they made history 50 years ago.
Interior of Julius’.
Co-director Ken Lustbader speaks about our nomination of Julius’ to the National Register of Historic Places.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the event.
NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez (and the council’s LGBT Caucus chair) presents the “Sip-In Day” proclamation with Council Member Corey Johnson and State Senator Brad Hoylman. Not pictured: Council Member Daniel Dromm.
Joshua Laird, Commissioner of National Parks of New York Harbor, National Parks Service talks about the bar’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
Unofficial historian Tom Bernardin (center) and Julius’ bar owner Helen Buford (left) are joined by Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch (right).
Co-director Jay Shockley, Sip-In participants Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker, project manager Amanda Davis, and co-diretors Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader inside the bar.
50th anniversary coasters, with the one on the left signed by Sip-In participants Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker. Collection of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

Last week, on April 21st, we gathered at Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sip-In, which took place here in 1966.

Joshua Laird, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, stood outside Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village to announce its listing on the National Register of Historic Places based on our nomination. Surviving Sip-In participants Randy Wicker and Dick Leitsch were also present and honored.

[Dick Leitsch and Randy Wicker] truly have paved the way for LGBT rights and I think young people should know what these older gentlemen did to make it a little bit easier for future generations.

Elected officials who attended the event include New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and New York City Council Members Rosie Mendez (also chair of the council’s LGBT Caucus), Corey Johnson, and Daniel Dromm. The City Council presented a framed proclamation announcing that April 21, 2016 would be remembered as “Sip-In Day” in New York City.

Many thanks to Casa Vera Productions for capturing a great day in LGBT and NYC history. View the video below!

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Julius’ National Register Nomination

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New York’s Oldest Gay Bar Approved for Landmark Status

April 21, 2016

Thanks to the Washington Blade for its continuing coverage of our nomination of Julius’ to the National Register of Historic Places! In the article, project co-director Ken Lustbader said, “We’re thrilled that it is officially listed and that the National Park Service added another site recognizing LGBT history and allowing LGBT history to stand alongside American History.”

Read the full story via the Washington Blade.

Our Nomination of Julius’ to the National Register of Historic Places Approved Today!

April 20, 2016

(left to right) Mattachine Society members John Timmons, Dick Leitsch, Craig Rodwell, and Randy Wicker being refused service by the bartender at Julius’, April 21, 1966. Gift of The Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

After months of research and outreach our report is now available on the National Park Service website. The bar, which was listed just a day before the Sip-In’s 50th anniversary, is now the eighth site in the country listed on the National Register for its significance to LGBT history.

In New York City, Julius’ is the third LGBT-specific site to be added to the National Register. The other two are the recently-listed Bayard Rustin Residence in Chelsea and the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which was listed in 1999. Stonewall is still the only LGBT-specific site in the city to be named a National Historic Landmark.

The nomination of Julius’ also fulfills part of our mission to add more LGBT-specific sites to the National Register. Stay tuned for our next nomination!

 

Related Links

Julius’ National Register Nomination

Julius’ History Page

New York’s Oldest Gay Bar Nominated for Landmark Status

April 14, 2016

The Washington Blade covered our nomination of Julius’ to the National Register of Historic Places and featured excerpts from our report.

Read the full story via the Washington Blade.

“Three Homosexuals in Search of a Drink”: The 50th Anniversary of the Sip-In at Julius’

April 13, 2016

Project directors Jay Shockley and Ken Lustbader joined Tom Bernardin in a panel discussion about the Sip-In at Julius’ last night at Jefferson Market Library. This was our first public program in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood that has a long and storied LGBT history. We took the time to highlight several important LGBT historic sites in the area and share other bits of information based on our 25 years of research. At the discussion, we were also thrilled to talk about our nomination of Julius’ to the National Register of Historic Places.

Many thanks to all who came and to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation for hosting this event! We look forward to speaking at future events in the Village.

 

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Beyond Stonewall: Five More New York LGBT History Sites

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation helped highlight our work by featuring five historic sites in New York City associated with LGBT history. All of these places, plus many more, will be featured on our interactive map once it launches in the near future.

See which sites were featured on the National Trust’s blog.