UPCOMING EVENT

LGBT History of the Lower East Side

October 19, 2021 | 6:30PM

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, 74 East 4th Street
La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, 74 East 4th Street
Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street
Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street

This talk, in partnership with Lower East Side Preservation Institute (LESPI), will focus on the Lower East Side, including today’s East Village and Lower East Side below Houston Street, as an area that provides a wonderful snapshot of the city’s LGBT history as a whole. Featured sites will range from those connected to immigration in the 1890s to the AIDS epidemic a century later. Pivotal to the neighborhood’s LGBT history was its affordability for much of the 20th century, attracting numerous diverse artists and activists who both lived and worked there.

 

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Gay Green-Wood Trolley Tour

October 16, 2021 | 10a-12p

Gay Green-Wood trolley tour featured imageGreen-Wood celebrates LGBT History Month with a special trolley tour illuminating permanent residents who have made a lasting impact on American history and culture. You will visit the graves of important

LGBTQIA+ figures including “It’s Raining Men” co-writer, Paul Jabara; sculptor of the Angel of the Waters sculpture atop Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, Emma Stebbins; activists and founders of the Hetrick Martin Institute, Drs. Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin, among others. This trolley tour is led by Andrew Dolkart, Co-Directors of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, and Neela Wickremesinghe, the Robert A. and Elizabeth Rohn Jeffe Director of Restoration and Preservation at Green-Wood.

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20th Century Lesbian Life in Greenwich Village

November 18, 2021 | 6:30PM

Women in 20th century Greenwich Village pushed the norms of society by living as their authentic selves. Join Project manager Amanda Davis for a virtual presentation exploring the lives of women such as: Eve Adams, operator of the popular gay and lesbian tearoom in Greenwich Village, who was convicted of obscenity and disorderly conduct and deported; Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun, who also wrote under a pseudonym for a lesbian newsletter; photographer Berenice Abbott and her partner, influential art critic Elizabeth McCausland; and groups such as the Radicalesbians and Salsa Soul Sisters.

The second in our three-part series, “From Progressive Reformers to Lesbian Gathering Spots: Explorations of Same-Sex Relationships & Spaces in New York City,” presented with the support of Humanities New York, Con Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

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1970s Lesbian Activism & Community

October 12, 2021 | 6:30PM

Join Project Manager Amanda Davis and special guests, activists Ellen Broidy and Karla Jay, in an intergenerational conversation with preservationist Emily Kahn. Lesbian rights activists in New York City worked to gain a voice, equal rights, and recognition within the Gay Liberation and Women’s Liberation movements. Hear from pioneering activists Ellen Broidy and Karla Jay and learn more about the historic sites — residences, bookshops, restaurants, archives, and other communal women-only spaces  — associated with lesbian activism and community in the 1970s.

The first in our three-part series, “From Progressive Reformers to Lesbian Gathering Spots: Explorations of Same-Sex Relationships & Spaces in New York City,” presented with the support of Humanities New York, Con Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

UPCOMING EVENT

Progressive Reformers and Lesbian Lives

December 13, 2021 | 6:30PM

From at least the mid-19th century to the 1920s, the earliest generations of coupled women and their social circles have left an indelible mark on New York City. Often rejecting traditional gender roles, they lived in same-sex relationships and forged careers in politics, social reform, and the arts. Project Co-Director Andrew Dolkart will be joined by special guest Katie Vogel from the Henry Street Settlement, who will discuss the new nomination for founder Lillian Wald’s residence at the Henry Street Settlement to the National Register of Historic Places, acknowledging the significance of Wald’s homosocial world and the influence of lesbians in the settlement house movement.

The third in our three-part series, “From Progressive Reformers to Lesbian Gathering Spots: Explorations of Same-Sex Relationships & Spaces in New York City,” presented with the support of Humanities New York, Con Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

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From Washington Square to Stonewall: An LGBT History Walk

September 21, 2021 | 2:00PM

co-presented with Village Preservation and The Village Trip

This is an in-person event. Advance registration required; and meetup location will be provided upon RSVP.

Join the experts at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for a walking tour of Greenwich Village. Learn about the LGBT presence in the Bohemian Village and hear about the places and people from the 1890s through the post-Stonewall LGBT civil rights movement and their lasting impact on American culture. Stops will include places connected to groups including the Salsa Soul Sisters, Mattachine Society, the Gay Liberation Front, and STAR (the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), and the individual LGBT activists, artists, and business owners who found refuge in the Village since the late 19th century.

Advance registration via Village Preservation is required.

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Preserving LGBTQ History, with the Preservation League of New York State

June 17, 2021 | 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Historic places related to LGBTQ history have often been overlooked. The stories we share and the places we save should properly reflect this rich history. In this webinar we will hear from preservationists who are working to fill in these gaps.

Panelists include:
Amanda Davis | Project Manager, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
Jeffrey A. “Free” Harris | Historic Preservation Consultant
Jeffry J. Iovannone, PhD | Founder & Editor-In-Chief, QUEER HISTORY FOR THE PEOPLE

Moderated by: Larry Francer | Associate Director, Landmark Society of Western New York

ADVANCE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED

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Saving 99 Ryerson: The Peculiar Problem of Landmarking Brooklyn’s Earliest LGBT Site

June 22, 2021 | 6:00PM to 7:00PM

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After nearly five years of petitions and two rejections from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a group of activists persevere in their efforts to landmark Whitman’s house at 99 Ryerson Street, Brooklyn: the only extant residence of over 30 while Whitman lived in NYC, the house in which he completed the first edition of Leaves of Grass in1855, and the place where he received his first literary pilgrims, including a November 1855 visit from Ralph Waldo Emerson.  So why hasn’t this cradle of American poetry been landmarked?  Should it be?  Join us for a roundtable discussion on the historic and cultural significance of the structure, the story of the campaign to ‘Save the Walt Whitman House’, plans for the future– and how you can help.

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Karen Karbiener, president and founding member of the Walt Whitman Initiative, is a Whitman scholar and teaches at New York University. Winner of the Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress and a Fulbright recipient, she has published widely on Whitman (most recently working with Brian Selznick on Live Oak, with Moss, a new illustrated edition of Whitman’s secret same-sex love poems).  As a cultural activist in her hometown, Karen has been working on the campaign to preserve 99 Ryerson Street since 2017, and gave testimony at the hearing to landmark 227 Duffield Place, Brooklyn, last year.

Ken Lustbader is a co-founder and co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, an award-winning cultural heritage initiative that is documenting and memorializing LGBT place-based history in New York City. For almost 30 years, he has been national leader in issues related to LGBT history, documentation, and historic preservation. Between 2007 and 2015, he served as Historic Preservation Program Officer at the J.M. Kaplan Fund where he was responsible for US and international grant initiatives. Prior to that he was lead consultant for the Lower Manhattan Emergency Preservation Fund, which resulted in the conservation of in situ elements of the World Trade Center that are now integral components of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum. Between 1994 and 2002, he was the Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program.

Jay Shockley is a co-founder and co-director of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. He retired in 2015 as senior historian at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission where since 1979 he researched and wrote over 100 designation reports covering all aspects of the city’s history. In 1993, he helped pioneer the concept of recognizing LGBT place-based history by incorporating it into the Commission’s reports. He co-authored the Stonewall nomination, which resulted in the first-ever National Register (1999) and National Historic Landmark (2000) listings for an LGBT site.

Brad Vogel is a poet, attorney, preservationist, and sail freight agent. An advocate for designating Whitman’s Leaves of Grass House a city landmark, he serves on the board of the Walt Whitman Initiative. Brad is the author of the poetry collection Broad Meadow Bird and was a finalist for the 2020 Erskine J. Poetry Prize. Brad brings poetry to life in original events including the annual Dawn Reading in canoes for the Brooklyn Book Festival, and NYC Poets Afloat (a microresidency and reading series aboard vessels in NY Harbor). He captains the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.

 

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From the Queen City to the Big Apple: LGBTQ Historical Connections in WNY and NYC

June 29, 2021 | 6:00PM to 7:30PM

Join Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project as we explore some of the landmarks of the gay liberation movement in both NYC and WNY. By comparing the sites, we’ll be able to gain new insights into similarities and differences between each city’s activities in the movement as well as work to establish a more comprehensive narrative of LGBTQ history in New York State.  The presentation will also feature a special message from Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation at State of New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

Panelists include:

Moderated by Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services, Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Advanced registration required (CLICK HERE).

 

PAST EVENT

Virtual LGBT Trivia Night & Fundraiser

June 9, 2021 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

 

** suggested $5 minimum donation; thank you for supporting our fundraiser! **

Broadway babies, cinephiles and art connoisseurs, test your knowledge of the LGBT community’s impact and legacy in American arts and culture at our first ever VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT and fundraiser.

Join us Wednesday, June 9th, at 6:30PM EST with historian (and bona fide British pub quiz host!) George Benson for 5 rounds — equal parts challenging and amusing — of trivia informed by the Project’s ever-increasing directory of NYC’s LGBT historic sites. Trivia will be hosted on Zoom.

GRAND PRIZE (in addition to bragging rights): an original, authenticated print of the pivotal moment in 1966 that became known as the “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar in Greenwich Village. Taken by legendary Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah, the image captures the exact moment when Mattachine Society activists John Timmons, Dick Leitsch, Craig Rodwell, and Randy Wicker were denied service at Julius’ after informing the bartender of their sexual orientation. The photograph is printed from the original negative and stamped with official authorization by the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah, and are signed by two “Sip-In” participants: the late Dick Leitsch (1935-2018) and Randy Wicker (b. 1938).

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

 

PAST EVENT

DARING AND DANGEROUS: The life of Eve Adams, a talk with author Jonathan Ned Katz

May 25, 2021 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

** FREE **

In his forthcoming book, The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams, author Jonathan Ned Katz uncovers the life of Polish-Jewish lesbian émigré Eve Adams, operator of the popular gay and lesbian tearoom in Greenwich Village, who was convicted of obscenity and disorderly conduct and deported. Katz will discuss her remarkable life and eventual death at Auschwitz, using FBI reports and Adams’ own letters.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • Check-in will begin at 6:25PM EST; the program will begin at 6:30PM EST.
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  • To enter the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted.

 

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MAKING A KILLING: 34th Anniversary of ACT UP’s First Protest

March 24, 2021 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

** FREE **

ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) first brought widespread attention to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The group’s first-ever demonstration took place on March 24, 1987, at the busy intersection of Wall Street and Broadway to protest the high cost of the only approved AIDS drug at the time. On the anniversary of this important action, we’ll join Eric Marcus, host of the Making Gay History podcast, in conversation with Eric Sawyer, ACT UP co-founder, and social justice and HIV activist, and Ann Northrop, long-time ACT UP member, LGBTQ activist, and co-host of the long-running TV news show, Gay USA. Together, we’ll reflect on this defining action in the Financial District, and the many others that followed.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

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IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • Check-in will begin at 6:25PM EST; the program will begin at 6:30PM EST.
  • Please make sure the name/email used for registration via Eventbrite matches the display name on your Zoom. This is essential for a smooth check-in process and to avoid delays being admitted into the virtual event.
  • To enter the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted.

 

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LOVE SAVES THE DAY: Celebrating 1970s NYC LGBT Nightlife

February 14, 2021 | 1:00PM to 2:00PM

** FREE **

Join us to mark the 51st anniversary of The Loft and its Love Saves the Day private house party, inaugurated by David Mancuso on Valentine’s Day 1970. Mancuso’s invitation-only parties, held at his residential loft at 647 Broadway, created an egalitarian space focused on the experience of music and dance, and influenced New York City nightlife.

Tim Lawrence, professor of cultural studies and author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979, will share his expertise on The Loft and New York’s music scene that produced a growing number of private parties and public clubs, many LGBT-friendly or exclusively LGBT, throughout the decade.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.

ADVANCE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED.

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • Check-in will begin at 12:45PM EST; the program will begin at 1:00PM EST.
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  • To enter the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted.

 

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LEAPING LAVENDER LATKES! Honoring Jewish LGBT New Yorkers this Hanukkah

December 17, 2020 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

** FREE **

LGBT Jewish New Yorkers have made a profound impact on the American arts scene, LGBT activism, and religious life. Join us for this virtual tour of NYC sites that connect us with the legacies of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, archivist and activist Joan Nestle, poet Allen Ginsberg, the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, and more. From the family residence of PFLAG co-founder Jeanne Manford in Queens, to international figure Magnus Hirschfeld’s stay at Manhattan’s Hotel New Yorker, we’ll visit hotels, private homes, houses of worship, and other locations that provide a visceral connection to LGBT Jewish history.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Co. Foundation

ADVANCE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED.

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • On the evening of the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted. Please make sure the name/email used for registration via Eventbrite matches the display name on your Zoom. This is essential for a smooth check-in process and to avoid delays being admitted into the virtual event.
  • For event security, check in begins at 6:25PM and discussion starts promptly at 6:30PM.

 

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#CheersQueers: The Past and Future of NYC’s Lesbian Bars

June 4, 2020 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

Lesbian bars are much more than spaces for drinking and socializing – their very existence has been and continues to be a political act.

** FREE **

NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for #CheersQueers, a Zoom happy hour + lecture on the past, present and potential future of lesbian spaces in New York City. DID YOU KNOW there are only 3 operating lesbian bars in NYC? Cubbyhole, Henrietta Hudson, and Ginger’s Bar.

Gwendolyn Stegall, historic preservationist and former NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project intern, will discuss her ground-breaking research on how lesbian nightlife spaces have changed over time, as well as revisit a number of important events that happened in these bars. This discussion is especially timely as the survival of the lesbian bar is even further threatened now as businesses struggle to stay afloat. Join us for a drink, and cheers, queers!

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Co. Foundation

ADVANCE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED.

 

6:25PM — Zoom check-in and chat
6:30PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader
6:35PM — Virtual tour of lesbian bars with Gwendolyn Stegall
7:00PM — Q&A
7:15PM — Conversation & Community

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • On the evening of the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted. Please make sure the name/email used for registration via Eventbrite matches the display name on your Zoom. This is essential for a smooth check-in process and to avoid delays being admitted into the virtual event.
  • For event security, check in begins at 6:25PM and discussion starts promptly at 6:30PM.

 

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ZAP!: A Virtual Tour of Post-Stonewall Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) Actions

June 16, 2020 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

** FREE **

Formed in the immediate aftermath of Stonewall, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) challenged the politics of civility with non-violent — but militant — resistance. GAA’s most famous tactic was the “zap,” a direct, public confrontation with a political figure, institution, or business regarding LGBT liberation, equality, and rights, designed to gain media attention.

Take a virtual tour guided by Project co-director Jay Shockley of the memorable and influential Zap sites throughout the city ranging from the April 1970 confrontation of Mayor Lindsay at the Metropolitan Museum, the 1971 engagement party at the New York City Marriage Bureau, and on through the end of 1972.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express and Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Co. Foundation

ADVANCE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED.

 

6:25PM — Zoom check-in and chat

6:30PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader

6:35PM — Virtual tour of Manhattan’s “zap” sites and history, with Project co-director Jay Shockley

7:00PM — Q&A

7:15PM — Conversation & Community

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • On the evening of the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted. Please make sure the name/email used for registration via Eventbrite matches the display name on your Zoom. This is essential for a smooth check-in process and to avoid delays being admitted into the virtual event.
  • For event security, check in begins at 6:25PM and discussion starts promptly at 6:30PM.

 

PAST EVENT

50 YEARS of PRIDE: Celebrating New York City’s First Pride March

June 25, 2020 | 6:30PM to 7:30PM

“Never in history had so many gay and lesbian people come together in one place and for a common endeavor.” – Lillian Faderman, historian

** FREE **

On June 28, 1970, to mark the one-year anniversary of Stonewall, thousands joined the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, now known as the Pride March. At the time, it was the largest gathering of LGBT people in one place for a common purpose and greatly contributed to solidifying the significance of Stonewall in LGBT history.

Join us to honor the 50th Anniversary of this event and the individuals whose behind-the-scenes efforts made the event a reality — in particular Craig Rodwell, whose vision and determination set the tone for a new generation of activists and changed the course of history. Featuring Project co-directors Andrew Scott Dolkart, Jay Shockley and Ken Lustbader.

This event is made possible with generous support from American Express, Consolidated Edison, and NYC & Co. Foundation.

ADVANCE REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE IS REQUIRED.

 

6:25PM — Zoom check-in and chat
6:30PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader
6:35PM — Virtual presentation and celebration of the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day March, including its planning and those involved in organizing. Presented by Project co-directors Andrew Scott Dolkart, Ken Lustbader and Jay Shockley
7:15PM — Q&A
7:30PM — Conversation & Community

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • You will receive an email from Eventbrite on the day of the event with Zoom link and password to attend this virtual event. We strongly recommend you allow yourself extra time prior to the scheduled check-in start time to ensure your Zoom account is setup and up-to-date, to avoid delay in gaining admission.
  • On the evening of the event, click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email to check-in. At that time, you will be placed into the Waiting Room. Once our team has confirmed your registration with Eventbrite, you will be admitted. Please make sure the name/email used for registration via Eventbrite matches the display name on your Zoom. This is essential for a smooth check-in process and to avoid delays being admitted into the virtual event.
  • For event security, check in begins at 6:25PM and discussion starts promptly at 6:30PM.

 

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#DamesAtHome: Virtual celebration of Caffe Cino and the Birthplace of Gay Theater

May 18, 2020 | 6:15PM to 7:30PM

Join the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for #DamesAtHome, a *FREE* virtual celebration of the birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway and a haven for pioneering gay theater: the Caffe Cino. Held on the 54th anniversary of the premiere of “Dames at Sea,” the Cino’s most successful production ever, and the stage debut of Bernadette Peters.

Book and lyrics for “Dames at Sea” (1966) by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by James Wise, directed by Robert Dahdah. Other then-unknown gay playwrights and directors whose experimental, controversial, or campy works were staged at the Cino include: Doric Wilson, H.M. Koutoukas, Robert Heide, William M. Hoffman, Lanford Wilson, Tom Eyen, Jeff Weiss, Ronald Tavel, Jean-Claude van Itallie, David Starkweather, Charles Stanley, Paul Foster, and Robert Patrick, and for directors such as Marshall W. Mason, Tom O’Horgan, and Neil Flanagan.

 

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Here’s what’s in store!

Project manager Amanda Davis will lead a virtually immersive Zoom tour through the history of the Caffe Cino, located at 31 Cornelia Street, in Greenwich Village, from 1958 to 1968.

6:15PM — Zoom check-in and chat

6:30PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader

6:35PM — Virtual tour of the Caffe Cino with Amanda Davis

7:00PM — Q&A

7:15PM — Conversation & Community

In June 2019, during celebrations for #Stonewall50, the Cino was designated an NYC Individual Landmark by virtue of its significance in LGBT and theater history, thanks to the advocacy of the Project and other key allies. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

LEARN MORE: www.nyclgbtsites.org/site/caffe-cino

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Caffe Cino, 1965. Photo by James D. Gossage.

 

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#StayHomeSipIn: Music, Cocktails & Conversation for the Julius’ “Sip-In”

April 21, 2020 | 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Join the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and special guests on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, for a **FREE** virtual celebration of the 1966 Mattachine Society “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

Fix a cocktail, enjoy the music and retrace the steps of four Mattachine Society members whose defiant actions made history.

Settle in with a set from DJ Yestergay – Kyle Supley and words of welcome from Project co-director Ken Lustbader. Then, Project co-director and architectural historian Andrew Scott Dolkart will lead a virtually immersive Zoom tour of the four bars visited on April 21, 1966, by activists Dick Leitsch, Craig Rodwell, John Timmons and, at Julius’, Randy Wicker. Following the tour, stay for Q&A, community and more music!

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Here’s what’s in store!

6:00PM — Happy Hour, chat and music with DJ Yestergay – Kyle Supley
6:25PM — Kick-off by Project co-director Ken Lustbader
6:30PM — Special guest Helen Buford, owner of Julius’ bar
6:35PM — Virtual tour of the 1966 “Sip-In” with Andrew Scott Dolkart
7:00PM — Q&A and cocktails
7:15PM — Music and chatting continues with DJ Yestergay – Kyle Supley

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(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.

PAST EVENT

Reclaiming the Invisible

October 22, 2019 | 6:00pm

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FREE Lecture for #LGBTHistoryMonth

What challenges have we met (and overcome!) in the process of identifying, documenting and interpreting LGBTQ place-based heritage? Project co-director Ken Lustbader joins with Gwen Shockey, John Reddick and Carrie Davis for a discussion about the significance and meaning of LGBTQ sites which — though often overlooked — remain integral to our public history and built environment. Hosted by The J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Reclaiming the Invisible: A Conversation About LGBTQ Heritage for #LGBTHistoryMonth
Tuesday, October 22nd at 6pm
The J.M. Kaplan Fund, 71 W 23rd Street, 9th Floor
FREE; RSVP to [email protected]

This conversation will also spotlight the University of Pennsylvania Press’ current issue of “Change Over Time,” which focuses on LGBTQ heritage.

Photo: The Empire State Building illuminated in celebration of NYC Pride.

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OPEN Finance: Tour of the LGBT History of Greenwich Village

September 28, 2019 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

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NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project tour in Greenwich Village with Open FinanceFrom Washington Square to Stonewall: A Walk Through the LGBT History of Greenwich Village

Join OPEN Finance and the experts from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for a walking tour of Greenwich Village. Learn about the LGBT presence in the Bohemian Village and hear about the places and people of the pre- and post-Stonewall LGBT civil rights movement and their lasting impact on American culture. The tour will also highlight the importance of these sites to a marginalized community that oftentimes had nowhere else to go to fully be themselves.

Stops will include places connected to such groups as the Salsa Soul Sisters, Mattachine Society, the Gay Liberation Front and to the LGBT activists, artists, and business owners who found refuge in the Village since the late 19th century.

Schedule:
12:45pm: Meet under the Arch in Washington Square Park
1:00pm: Guided tour of the West Village
2:30pm: Estimated time for tour ending at Julius’ bar on West 10th Street (appeared in various episodes of Pose Season 1)

 

 

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Walking in LGBTQ Footsteps in the Upper West Side

September 10, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Explore Pride beyond Stonewall! Guides from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project will make their way uptown for a special walking tour that starts at the New-York Historical Society. Check out sites like writer James Baldwin’s residence, the Ansonia (which once housed the legendary Continental Baths), and The Dakota (once home to composer Leonard Bernstein, among others) and stroll by the places where LGBTQ history made its mark.

LOCATION

Begins at the Membership Desk inside the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at West 76th Street).

PURCHASING TICKETS

By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the “Attend Event” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee participation. Program tickets include New-York Historical Society admission.

 

 

 

PAST EVENT

Human Rights Conference

June 24, 2019 | 3:00pm-4:30pm

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panel timesWe’re excited to be a part of NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference next week! Project co-director Jay Shockley will be speaking on Monday, June 24th, at 3pm in a session titled “From Stonewall to Pulse: A Discussion on the Future of LGBTQ+ Historic Sites,” featuring National Parks Conservation AssociationNational Center for Transgender EqualityonePULSE Foundation.

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NYC Pride’s Human Rights Conference is an exciting gathering of activists, artists, educators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others engaged in LGBTQIA+ human rights around the world. This two-day conference provides a unique opportunity for a global dialogue about human rights, ranging from performances to presentations, politics to policies, and activism to academics. 

Conference overview with panel details can be seen here.

 

 

 

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Stonewall50: Historic Preservation and LGBT History

May 1, 2019 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

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The history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people has been bulldozed – literally and figuratively – and given almost no due. But in recent years there has been a flood of recognition of the importance of LGBTQ sites and the history connected to them.

This panel, hosted by Village Preservation, will explore the evolution of recognition of LGBTQ history in historic preservation in New York City, and how such efforts further the cause of understanding and support for LGBTQ people. Featuring Amanda Davis, Project Manager at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project; Victoria Munro, Executive Director of the Alice Austin House; John Reddick, Architectural historian, and Columbia University Community Scholar; and Andrew Berman, Executive Director of Village Preservation.

Speakers will look at the groundbreaking efforts in 1999 to get Stonewall listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places – the first site ever so recognized for connection to LGBTQ history – to a wide range of successful and failed attempts to protect LGBTQ landmarks in New York City.

 

 

 

 

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Upper West Side PRIDE: Walking in LGBTQ Footsteps, beyond Stonewall

May 14, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Explore Pride beyond Stonewall and Greenwich Village! Guides from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project will make their way uptown for a special Upper West Side walking tour. Beginning at Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain, this walk will visit LGBT historic  sites like writer James Baldwin’s residence, the Ansonia (which once housed the legendary Continental Baths), the Dakota Apartments (once home to composer Leonard Bernstein, among others), and stroll by the places where LGBTQ history made its mark, ending in Central Park.

Proceeds for this tour support the efforts of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. Tour will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will take place rain or shine.

 

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Connecticut State Historic Preservation Conference

May 17, 2019 | 10:45am-12:00pm

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Amanda Davis, Project manager, and Kath LaFrank, of the New York State Historic Preservation Office, are delighted to participate in the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Conference as panelists for “The Meaning of it All: How to write an impactful significance statement for State and National Register Nominations.” In November 2017, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project successfully nominated the Caffe Cino to the National Register of Historic Places, following its listing on the New York State Register in September. Davis and LaFrank will discuss the Caffe Cino as a case study.

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Walking in LGBTQ Footsteps in the Upper West Side

June 4, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

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New York Historical Society

EVENT DETAILS

Join the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project as they reveal the hidden history of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Starting at the New-York Historical Society and ending in Central Park, journey through the neighborhood to uncover the history of sites you never knew through the lives, residences, and nightlife venues of LGBTQ leaders, activists, and thinkers.

Space is limited.

This program is presented in partnership with the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

LOCATION

New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 & Central Park

PURCHASING TICKETS

By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee participation. Program tickets include Museum Admission. Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

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Tour & Toast in Celebration of Stonewall 50: Walk with the Experts Documenting the City’s LGBT History

June 6, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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One of Three Limited Opportunities to
Support the Project and Learn about LGBT History

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall uprising. In honor of #Stonewall50, we’re walking the Village and sharing the history of the people, places and events that have shaped LGBT — and American — history. Join us; your ticket purchase directly supports the Project’s work.

 

This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village is led by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. This walk will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting at Christopher Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

Photo: Participants of the Stonewall uprising in front of the bar, June 29, 1969. Gift of The Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

 

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

 

 

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Scavenger Hunt with Urban Archive

June 9, 2019 | 12:00pm-2:30pm

Please join Urban Archive and NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project for a FREE digital historical scavenger hunt in Greenwich Village. As we mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, explore LGBT history with us! Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

Who? YOU, and up to 3 of your most adventurous and curious friends (max up to 4 people per team).

What do you need? At least 1 team member with an iPhone (iOS 10.0+ — sorry, Urban Archive isn’t yet available on Android). Download the Urban Archive app here.

Anything else? Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

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Stonewall 50 | Place, Community, and LGBT History

June 12, 2019 | 6:30pm-7:30pm

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NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project project manager Amanda Davis - photoThe historic uprising at the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village gay bar, took place fifty years ago this June and is considered a key turning point in the LGBT rights movement. However, long before the summer of 1969, LGBT people were leaving their mark on New York City and America. At this talk, Amanda Davis, project manager of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, will discuss the importance of place in connecting and providing refuge for a marginalized LGBT community. She will also highlight the Project’s collaboration with the house museum staff of the Alice Austen House, the pioneering early 20th century photographer’s residence, to reinterpret its historical narrative and acknowledge the life of Austen’s same-sex partner.

Amanda Davis has overseen the LGBT Historic Sites Project’s documentation initiatives since its founding in 2015. In 2018, she was named to the National Trust’s inaugural “40 Under 40: People Saving Places” list, in recognition of her efforts to help tell America’s full history. She holds a BA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

$10 | Free for Martin House Members

Reservations required. Reserve your space today.

DESIGN ALOUD is a series of conversations, screenings, and performances exploring the power of contemporary design in harmony with nature. This series is generously sponsored by Bob Skerker.

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

 

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Gay Green-Wood

June 16, 2019 | 3:30pm-5:30pm

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The Project joins with The Green-Wood Cemetery to celebrate Pride Month with a special trolley tour illuminating permanent residents who have made a lasting impact on American history and culture. Visit the graves of important LGBT figures including “It’s Raining Men” co-writer, Paul Jabara; sculptor of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, Emma Stebbins; activists and founders of the Hetrick Martin Institute, Drs. Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin, among others. This trolley tour is led by Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader, co-directors of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

Advance registration must be made through The Green-Wood Cemetery.

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

PAST EVENT

Tour & Toast in Celebration of Stonewall 50: Walk with the Experts Documenting the City’s LGBT History

June 24, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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One of Three Limited Opportunities to
Support the Project and Learn about LGBT History

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall uprising. In honor of #Stonewall50, we’re walking the Village and sharing the history of the people, places and events that have shaped LGBT — and American — history. Join us; your ticket purchase directly supports the Project’s work.

This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village is led by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. This walk will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting in Washington Square Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

 

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

 

PAST EVENT

Tour & Toast in Celebration of Stonewall 50: Walk with the Experts Documenting the City’s LGBT History

June 27, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

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One of Three Limited Opportunities to

Support the Project and Learn about LGBT History

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the history-making Stonewall uprising. In honor of #Stonewall50, we’re walking the Village and sharing the history of the people, places and events that have shaped LGBT — and American — history. Join us; your ticket purchase directly supports the Project’s work.

This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village is led by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. This walk will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting at Christopher Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar.

The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

 

Promotional support for this event provided, in part, by the generous support of American Express, Con Edison, and the NYC & Company Foundation.

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DDC Talks: Focus on City-owned LGBT Historic Sites

April 17, 2019 | 10:00am-12:00pm

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All members of the public are welcome to join us for DDC Talks, a discussion of LGBT historic sites with the NCY Department of Design and Construction (DDC). No RSVP necessary.

Project co-directors and staff will provide an overview of historically-significant public spaces such as parks and City-owned properties that predate the 1969 Stonewall uprising, as well as the challenges related to official recognition and preservation of City sites relating to the community.

This course is registered with the AIA Continuing Education program. AIA members in attendance will receive two hours of CES credit. Other licensed professionals ay also receive credit in accordance with the applicable requirements of their particular licensing boards.

 

 

 

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“Stonewall 50” Tour of Greenwich Village, with the Municipal Art Society

April 14, 2019 | 2:00pm-4:00pm

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]In celebration of “Stonewall 50” — a year-long commemoration of the landmark 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn — join co-director Ken Lustbader and project manager Amanda Davis for a walking tour of Greenwich Village. Learn about key places and people of the pre- and post-Stonewall LGBT civil rights movement and their lasting impact on American culture. The tour will also highlight the importance of these sites to a marginalized community that oftentimes had nowhere else to go to fully be themselves. Stops will include places connected to such groups as the Mattachine Society, Gay Liberation Front, and Salsa Soul Sisters, and to LGBT activists, artists, and business owners who found refuge in the Village.

Hosted in partnership with the Municipal Art Society.

Photos: George Segal’s sculpture “Gay Liberation” in Christopher Park, 2016. 

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Gay by Design, with the New York School of Interior Design

April 10, 2019 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

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The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is delighted to be hosted by the New York School of Interior Design for a discussion of LGBT historic sites of the design communities. From the 17th century to the year 2000, sites – such as former residences of LGBT notables, bars and clubs, educational and cultural institutions, works of public art and architecture, activism locations, and performing arts venues – illustrate the richness of the city’s LGBT history and the community’s influence on American culture.

Photos: Elsie de Wolfe, often credited as America’s first professional interior designer, in ball costume, 1905. Photo by Byron Co. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

 

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Stonewall 50: Defining LGBTQ Site Preservation, at Columbia’s Earl Hall

April 6, 2019 | 1:00pm-5:00pm

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STONEWALL 50: DEFINING LGBTQ SITE PRESERVATION

A symposium on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots co-presented by Columbia GSAPP, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and QSAPP

April 6, 2019
Columbia University, Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium
1:00pm-5:00pm
The day will begin with a walking tour of Greenwich Village,
meeting at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street at 10:00am
FREE and open to the public (advance RSVP required)

 

Coliumbia GSAPP Stonewall symposium

A key principle of historic preservation is the power of places; a conviction that extant places matter and that they can inform current generations about the lives of people and events of the past.

For over one hundred years, professional preservationists and local citizens around the world have advocated for the preservation of architectural monuments and places where famous people lived or where momentous events occurred.

In recent years, the focus of preservation has expanded to include more diverse buildings, people, and stories. But the preservation of sites of importance to the LGBTQ communities has lagged until recently. It was not until 1999 that the first LGBTQ site, Stonewall, was listed on the National Register. In North America and parts of Europe activists have been engaged in identification and interpretation or reinterpretation of LGBTQ sites, but this has been a slow process and in many parts of the world, where LGBTQ rights are suppressed, such examination would still be an impossibility. This symposium examines the progress and challenges of preserving sites of significance to LGBTQ communities and, by extension, to the heritage of cities and nations around the world.

The symposium, located at Earl Hall on Columbia’s Morningside Heights Campus from 1:00-5:00 PM is preceded by walking tours hosted by NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project beginning at Christopher Park (adjacent to Stonewall Inn) at 10:00 AM and is followed by the dedication of Earl Hall’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places by Ann Kansfield (CC ‘98) and a celebratory reception at 5:30 PM. RSVP is available for each of portion of the event here.

 

Symposium Schedule

  • Introduction by Andrew Dolkart (MSHP ‘77), Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia GSAPP, Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
  • Recognizing LGBTQ Sites in the United States
    Moderated by Amanda Davis (MSHP ’06), NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
    Cate Fosl, Director, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, University of Louisville
    Nick Large, GLBT Historical Society, Board of Directors, San Francisco
    Shayne Watson, Architectural Historian & Preservation Planner, Watson Heritage Consulting, San Francisco
  • LGBTQ Site Preservation: An International Perspective
    Moderated by Ken Lustbader (MSHP ’93), Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
    Ankit Bhuptani, Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association, Mumbai
    Matt Cook, Professor of Modern History, University of London
    Michael Ighodaro, Assistant Professor of Global LGBTI Studies, The New School, New York
  • Reinterpreting the House Museum
    Moderated by Jay Shockley (MSHP NG ’80), Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
    Susan Ferentinos, Public History Researcher, Bloomington
    Barbara Lau, Executive Director, Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, Durham
    Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England

Free and open to the public with RSVP

Co-Organized by NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, QSAPP and the Office of the University Chaplain as part of the Stonewall 50 Consortium.

 

Image: The sign reading “Queer Symposium” on the lap of Alma Mater created by QSAPP students on February 208th, 2019 references an image on the cover of the first edition of Pride of Lions: The Newspaper of the Gay People at Columbia in April 1972. Where a sign read “Gay Dance” and pointed to Earl Hall, the location of meetings and dances of the first ever university sanctioned LGBT student group, the Student Homophile League, founded in 1966, which still exists as the Columbia Queer Alliance.

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Brooklyn LGBTQ+ History

March 28, 2019 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

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The LGBTQ+ community has a long and vibrant history that predates the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a key turning point in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in the United States. Project co-directors Jay Shockley and Ken Lustbader will share the history of sites in Brooklyn associated with LGBTQ+ culture and history from the 19th century to the year 2000. Using contemporary and archival images, attendees will gain a richer understanding of Brooklyn’s LGBTQ+ heritage, including such sites as Walt Whitman’s residence, Green-Wood Cemetery, Starlite Lounge, the Lesbian Herstory Archives, and Transy House.

Open to the public.

This event is part of the BKLYN LGBTQ+ History Series.  To help celebrate WorldPride NYC and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Brooklyn Community Pride Center is hosting a three-month series of book readings, talks, discussions, movie screenings, and other events to highlight the history of the LGBTQ+ community, especially as it happened in Brooklyn.

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Woodlawn LGBT History Trolley Tour

April 7, 2019 | 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Woodlawn LGBT History Trolley Tour

Woodlawn Cemetery and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a key turning point in the LGBT civil rights movement, with a special trolley tour illuminating LGBT permanent residents who have made a lasting impact on American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Join us as we share stories about love, loss, and relationships on our first LGBT tour.  Historian Andrew Dolkart will take us to the final resting places of Harlem Renaissance poet  Countee Cullen, illustrator Joseph Leyendecker,  theatrical agent Elisabeth Marbury, and photographer George Platt Lynes.  Patricia Cronin’s well known sculpture “Memorial to a Marriage” is a highlight on this tour.

The tour will be co-led by Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader, Co-Directors of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, and Susan Olsen, Director of Historical Services at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a cultural heritage initiative and educational resource that is documenting existing LGBT historic sites throughout New York City from the 17th century to the year 2000.

We will be meeting at the Jerome Avenue and Bainbridge Avenue gate at 1:45 PM and the Trolley Tour will begin at 2:00 PM.

We anticipate this tour selling out quickly so tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tour is rain or shine.  Ticket sales are final.  Refunds will not be issued.

We are located directly across the street from the Woodlawn stop on the IRT #4 subway.

Free parking available in Woodlawn Cemetery.

We look forward to hosting you.

 

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“Queer Quiz Show” with Making Gay History at New York Public Library

February 15, 2019 | 7:00pm-10:00pm

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NYPL TriviaOn Friday, February 14th, we’ll be joining the Making Gay History podcast at the New York Public Library for “Queer Quiz Show,” an LGBTQ history trivia program.

See below for full details on the event, or click here for full information and tickets.

The Library After Hours: Love & Resistance

Join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for the city’s most cerebral happy hour.

Celebrate the opening of the Library’s newest exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 with a night of curator talks, trivia, special guests, and more as we explore the history of LGBTQ civil rights following the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

 

Love & Resistance will include:

  • After hours access to the Library’s new exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, featuring photographs, documents, ephemera and more that illustrate the themes of nightlife, love, activism, and the queer press.
  • Copies of the exhibition’s accompanying book Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet Into the Stonewall Era—which includes photographs taken by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies, with a foreword by Roxane Gay—will be on sale before its March 2019 publication date.
  • Curator talks featuring exhibition curator Jason Baumann, the Library’s Susan and Douglas Dillon Assistant Director for Collection Development and Coordinator of Humanities and LGBT Collections
  • Trivia with Making Gay History podcast host Eric Marcus
  • Drag Queen Story Hour’s very first story time for adults
  • Listening stations from the NYC Trans Oral History Project—a community archive devoted to the collection, preservation and sharing of trans histories, organized in collaboration with The New York Public Library
  • Games, puzzles, and crafting highlighting the Library’s vast LGBTQ archive
  • Music and beats by New York based multidisciplinary artist and DJ, SHYBOI
  • ​Food & drinks available for purchase
  • After hours access to beautiful NYPL spaces including the Rose Main Reading Room

 

21+ | ID required | #NYPLafterhours

 

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Caffe Cino: Off-Off Broadway and On the National Register

October 23, 2018 | 6:30pm

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Caffe Cino, May 1965. Photo by James D. Gossage. Courtesy of the New York Public Library, Billy Rose Theatre Division. Ahead of the first anniversary of Caffe Cino’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, join Caffe Cino historian and veteran Magie Dominic, as well as Amanda Davis, Project Manager at the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and author of the National Register nomination, to celebrate and learn about this groundbreaking, pre-Stonewall café theater.

Caffe Cino, located at 31 Cornelia Street from 1958 to 1968, was the creation of Joe Cino, an openly gay Italian-American producer who is credited with starting the “Off-Off-Broadway” theater movement. Caffe Cino was the first important venue to regularly stage Off-Off-Broadway productions, was critical in the development of gay theater, and served as a place of support for gay playwrights during a time when depicting LGBT experiences on stage was illegal.

 

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Gay Green-Wood Tour

October 14, 2018 | 3:30pm-5:30pm

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Gay Green-Wood logoGreen-Wood celebrates LGBT History month with a special trolley tour illuminating permanent residents who have made a lasting impact on American culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You will visit the graves of important LGBT figures including “It’s Raining Men” co-writer, Paul Jabara; sculptor of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, Emma Stebbins; activists and founders of the Hetrick Martin Institute, Drs. Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin, among others. This trolley tour is led by Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader, Co-Directors of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

$20 for members of Green-Wood and BHS / $25 for non-members

Green-Wood trolley tours are fully accessible and ADA compliant. In order to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility device on the trolley, advance arrangements must be made. Please call (718) 210-3080, ext. 1. Please note that portions of the tour take place outside the trolley and may require exiting the vehicle on multiple occasions. Please contact the Historic Fund for more information.

Check-in will take place by the Gothic Arch at our Main Entrance at 5th Avenue and 25th Street. Trolley tours are run rain or shine, with the exception of dangerous conditions as determined by Green-Wood. Click here for our inclement weather policy.

 

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Cultural Landmarks Symposium

October 1, 2018 | 9:00am-3:00pm

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After 30 years of efforts, how do preservationists win greater recognition for New York City’s cultural landmarks?

Join the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, Historic Districts Council and the New York Preservation Archive Project on October 1 at a historic Riverside Church for our Cultural Landmarks Symposium.Cultural Symposium

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Shaping History, at Stonewall and Beyond

June 26, 2018 | 6pm

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Take advantage of this first-ever public walking tour by the expert team from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, the first initiative to uncover the city’s hidden LGBT past. Honor the people and events that have shaped LGBT history while directly supporting the Project’s work. This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! Starting at Christopher Park, walk and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices which led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar. The Project’s website is creating a place-based record of LGBT history in NYC. Your contribution will directly benefit the ongoing work of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project to research and document more historic spaces in New York City and includes one complimentary drink at Julius’ Bar at the end of the tour. The walk will take place rain or shine.

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Tour #AtTheMoxy – PRIDE Edition with Moxy Hotels

June 21, 2018 | 2:00-3:30pm

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In honor of NYC Pride, we are excited to collaborate Moxy Hotels on an LGBT-themed walking tour of Greenwich Village.

At The Moxy
Photo Credit: Diana Davis, Courtesy of the New York Public Library.”

Honor the people and events that have shaped LGBT history here in NYC, and who have impacted American history and culture. Our expert team will join tour goers at Christopher Park to start an exclusive tour of pre- and post-Stonewall history in Greenwich Village.

Walk with us and learn about the long-standing oppressive practices that led to the 1969 Stonewall uprising and, before that, the 1966 “Sip-In” at Julius’ Bar. This 1 ½ hour-long walking tour of Greenwich Village will remind you why we march in celebration of Pride! The tour will take place rain or shine.

Want to join in? Visit Moxy Hotels to secure a place on the tour.

 

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LGBT History Scavenger Hunt with Urban Archive

June 2, 2018 | 2pm

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In partnership with Urban Archive

Gather together your team and answer clues to advance along this LGBT history scavenger hunt! This curated scavenger hunt will celebrate Pride while testing your LGBT history knowledge. Where was the starting location of the first Pride March? Where did civil rights activist and literary icon James Baldwin reside? Know the answers? Take part in the hunt! Involves about five miles of walking, teams should consist of 2 to 4 people, and at least one team member will need an iPhone with the Urban Archive app (download it for free!). Hunt takes place rain or shine.

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52nd Anniversary of the Sip-In at Julius’ Bar

April 21, 2018 | 7pm

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Hidden History of LGBT Victorian New York

March 8, 2018 | 6pm

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Hosted by the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America.

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, founded in 2015, is the first cultural heritage initiative to document historic LGBT spaces in the city’s five boroughs. The panelists will focus on sites from the 1840s to the 1920s. Special attention will be given to the project’s work in amending the National Register of Historic Places nomination of the Alice Austen House in Staten Island. Other sites include Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn residence and the Henry Street Settlement, co-founded by progressive reformer Lillian Wald, as well as early bar and social spaces in downtown Manhattan.

Hear Project co-directors Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader and Jay Shockley and Project manager Amanda Davis speak on the creation of the LGBT Historic Sites Project as well as sites in the Victorian era and their impact on LGBT history.

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Trivia Night with Urban Archive

February 21, 2018 | 7pm

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Where is the oldest house in New York City?
  • How long has that neon sign been there?
  • Why does that building have a lighthouse on the roof?

Since the spring of 2017 Urban Archive has been trying to answer these questions! Join them for a nerdy night of NYC trivia, hosted by Andrew Gustafson of Turnstile Tours! With drinks specials provided by Housing Works.

Urban Archive is a free mobile app that maps thousands of historical images from the city’s many and wonderful libraries, museums, historical societies, and preservation organizations — so you, the knowledgeable Real New Yorker can explore NYC history, right where it happened. When it’s too cold to explore on foot, we move the fun indoors, for every New Yorker’s favorite activity… proving how well we know our city.

Once your team is built, don’t forget to have at least one person on your team download the Urban Archive app from the App Store!

Hosted by Urban Archive NYC in partnership with Turnstile Tours and 6sqft. Cosponsored by the Historic Districts Council, New York Preservation Archive Project, and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. (Photo courtesy of Museum of the City of New York)

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Interpreting LGBT Sites in New York City

November 30, 2017 | 6:30 P.M.

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Student Homophile League, “The Homosexual at Columbia” WKCR radio ad. Columbia Spectator, May 9, 1967. Courtesy of Columbia University.

 

The NYC LGBT Historic Project team will be discussing their process of surveying LGBT historic sites throughout the city’s five boroughs. The evening will also include recent successes in recognizing LGBT sites as landmarks as well as next steps for the project. A reception will follow.

Moderated by Ryan Day and Lauren Johnson ’16 M.Arch, Co-Founders, QSPACE

This free event is open to the public and was organized by Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP).

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SAVE THE DATE: Lesbian Nightlife and Culture, a panel discussion

November 16, 2017 | 6pm

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Join the Project and artist Gwen Shockey for an evening in celebration of lesbian nightlife and community. Through photography and oral histories, Shockey’s new solo show at Amos Eno Gallery, Addresses, rediscovers sites which have long lived exclusively in the memories of women who founded and flourished in these safe spaces. Panel participants will discuss the history of bars, cafes and clubs dedicated to a lesbian clientele, past and present, and speak more broadly upon the importance of identifying and drawing awareness to this invisible history.

Special guests
Flavia Rando,  coordinator for the Lesbian Herstory Archives and founder of the LHA Lesbian Studies Institute
Stacy Lentz, LGBT activist and co-owner of The Stonewall Inn

Thursday, November 16
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Amos Eno Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY

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Gay Green-Wood Tour

October 7, 2017 | 12:00 - 2:00 P.M.

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Eminent composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein is one of several LGBT notables resting in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

 

Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn celebrates LGBT History month with a special trolley tour illuminating permanent residents who have made a lasting impact on American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. You will visit the graves of important LGBT figures including “It’s Raining Men” co-writer, Paul Jabara; sculptor of Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, Emma Stebbins; activists, Drs. Emery Hetrick and Damien Martin; and Broadway lyricist, Fred Ebb, among others. Tour goers will mark each grave with a rainbow flag.

The tour will be led by the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project team. We will be joined by Green-Wood’s Manager of Preservation and Restoration, Neela Wickremesinghe, who will share the ways these sites are preserved through restoration and preservation efforts.

We hope you’ll join us!

 

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APA 2017 National Planning Conference

May 9, 2017 | 8:00 - 9:15 A.M.

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This year’s American Planning Association (APA) annual conference will be held in New York City! Our co-director Jay Shockley will be speaking at the Tuesday May 9th morning session, “Preserving Community History and Identity: National and Local Perspectives,” at the Javits Center, Room FD Hall 1E14 (JCC). At the session, Jay will be discussing landmark designations at the city and national levels as well as our project. He will be joined by Abdulla Al Shehhi; Richard Dorrier, AICP; Joshua Laird, National Park Service; and Michael Levine, AICP.

All that follows is from the APA website:

The Stonewall National Monument in New York City was designated as an historic and notable American symbol for LGBTQ equality in June 2016. This session discusses the history and issues with this designation process and its relevance to other sites and communities across the U.S.

You’ll learn about:

  • Issues with new park designations (Federal, state & local) that celebrate our community identity and history
  • Overcoming challenges associated with establishing LGBTQ site, parks, memorials and monuments
  • Planning for new sites to educate the public about LGBTQ rights and contributions to American society

Following the 2016 National Register designation of the Stonewall National Monument, where the LGBTQ community’s uprising sparked the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement in the U.S., the Gays and Lesbians in Planning Division (GALIP) and Federal Planning Division (FPD) are co-hosting a session to discuss the relevance and means of preserving other spaces important to the LGBTQ community. This discussion will bring together representatives of the National Park Service, LGBTQ cultural historians and historic preservation specialists to discuss different ways in which spaces important to the LGBTQ community – or any community – can be preserved and protected. Together with notable professionals whose roles are critical to state and local landmark processes, the audience will examine the relevance of historic preservation in a planning context – from a local perspective and a national perspective. The audience will also be introduced to innovative ways of collecting and maintaining historical information about places of importance to community identity and history.

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Mapping NYC’s LGBT History

April 25, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

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Screenshot of the Harlem section of our map. See the interactive version on our homepage to learn more about each historic site.

We’re excited to partner with our friends at the Neighborhood Preservation Center for an exciting new program sponsored by WeWork!

At this event, learn about the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and our newly launched interactive map that documents LGBT place-based history and conveys its impact on American culture. We’ll be on hand to discuss the website’s many features, including the map’s initial 100 LGBT historic sites and ten curated tours, from sites that highlight the city’s pre-20th century LGBT history to those related to LGBT activism before Stonewall.

Program attendees are highly encouraged to suggest NYC sites that matter to them, either at the event itself or through the project’s online suggestion form.

Find out more about the project and our goals to make an invisible history visible in our intro video below.

 

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100 Days of Impact

April 5, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 P.M.

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Image from Impact Hub.

Join us at this free workshop as we talk about our project and our ongoing efforts to make LGBT historic places visible in New York City.

From the Impact Hub website: Join Impact Hub NYC from noon-1pm every weekday between Jan 23rd and May 1st for free workshops in direct response to Trump’s first 100 days plan. “100 Days of Impact” is daily workshops run by the best organizations in NYC doing work on issues impacted by the policies of the new administration. The purpose is for attendees to learn about an issue that will be impacted, what is currently being done to fight back, and how individuals can take action and help make a difference. Learn more about the program and our list of workshops.

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LGBT History on the Upper West Side

November 15, 2016 | 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

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Organized by Landmark West!, this program will highlight LGBT historic sites on the Upper West Side, such as the residences of composer Aaron Copland and writer James Baldwin, and the original location of the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

The talk will be lead by project directors Andrew Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley, and project manager Amanda Davis.

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Tenement Talk: LGBT History on the Lower East Side

November 2, 2016 | 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

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Project directors Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader will be joined by project manager Amanda Davis to discuss the efforts to bring attention to what has been a largely invisible history. This presentation will include historic sites of the Lower East Side as well as those around the five boroughs.

Donald Albrecht, curator of “Gay Gotham” at the Museum of the City of New York, will introduce the evening.

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Making the Invisible Visible: Documenting NYC’s LGBT Cultural Heritage

June 7, 2016 | 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

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With introductory remarks by historian George Chauncey (author of Gay New York) and a brief salute to special guest Dick Leitsch, pioneering Mattachine Society activist.

Despite common misconception, New York City’s LGBT community has a long and vibrant history that predates the 1969 Stonewall rebellion. Existing historic sites associated with arts and culture, important social centers such as bars and LGBT organization locations, residences of notable figures, and activism (to name a few) span as far back as the 18th century. Yet despite this history, these tangible reminders of the city’s LGBT community remain largely unknown and potentially endangered.

At this program, learn about our project and our ongoing survey of historic and cultural sites throughout the city’s five boroughs. Directors Andrew S. Dolkart, Ken Lustbader, and Jay Shockley and project manager Amanda Davis will also discuss the interactive online map of sites that the public will be able to use in order to learn more about LGBT place-based history when it launches later this year. The map will also utilize the resources of the New York Public Library’s extensive LGBT collections.

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“Second Tuesday” Talk: Documenting LGBT History

May 10, 2016 | 7:00 P.M.

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Since 1983, the LGBT Community Center has been a focal point for LGBT activities, activism, and education in the New York metropolitan area. As part of its “Second Tuesday” lecture series, we will discuss our survey efforts to date as well as our recent nomination of Julius’ bar to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Beyond Stonewall: Recognizing Historic and Cultural Sites in New York State Related to the LGBT Community

May 6, 2016 | 10:45 - 11:45 A.M.

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Despite the LGBT community being active as shapers of American culture and as the professional keepers of that heritage, there is a glaring irony in the near-total absence of historic sites of significance to and about the LGBT community. Of the over 90,000 sites listed on the National Register (NR), only seven are listed with LGBT connections. In New York City and New York State, no survey currently exists of sites associated with significant LGBT history. The lack of documentation has prevented effective advocacy, leaving potentially significant sites unappreciated and threatened, and preservation officials at a loss for criteria to evaluate sites for LGBT historic context and significance.

This session will discuss issues, strategies, and directions for documenting LGBT place-based history. Statewide panelists will discuss national LGBT documentation projects, new approaches for NR listings, and highlight the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.

Conference sponsored by The Landmark Society of Western New York, in collaboration with Historic Albany Foundation, the Preservation League of New York State, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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

April 12, 2016 | 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

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Fifty years ago a person could be refused service in a bar simply for being gay, and his or her mere presence there could result in the bar’s closure by the State Liquor Authority. On April 21, 1966, Dick Leitsch and other members of the Mattachine Society, an early LGBT rights organization, staged the now famous Sip-In at Julius’ bar in the Village to challenge this “legal” discrimination. After they announced to the bartender that they were homosexuals and wished to be served, they were refused service. The event generated publicity and was one of the earliest pre-Stonewall public actions for LGBT rights. Scholars of LGBT history consider the Sip-In at Julius’ a key event leading to the growth of legitimate LGBT bars and the development of the bar as the central social space for urban LGBT New Yorkers.

At this 50th anniversary event, which also honors special guest Dick Leitsch, we will be part of a panel discussion with Tom Bernardin, self-described historian of Julius’. We will cover the history of the Sip-In, our recent efforts to have the site nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, and the historical significance of LGBT Greenwich Village.

This event is being hosted by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

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Julius’ Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places

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A Talk with Columbia Students

March 25, 2016 | 6 P.M.

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Join us as we discuss our project as well as our successful effort to nominate the Stonewall Inn to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and our recent nomination of Julius’ bar.

Lecture organized by QSAPP (Queer Students of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation).