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To document and preserve the history of Boston's LGBT community, and to share that information with the public.

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Announcing the

Through the generosity and hospitality of host Peter Page, the White Party has remained a constant in the Provincetown social scene for the better part of three decades. In recognition, The History Project is thrilled to announce the launch of The White Party Exhibit, a thirty-year, multi media photo retrospective of this P'Town phenomenon.

From its inception in 1981 as a private cocktail and croquet tournament, the White Party has evolved into a widely anticipated milestone of the social season - and more recently, a highly successful fundraiser for Outer Cape Health Services.

In all its manifestations, the White Party has parodied the self-imposed social class moratorium on wearing white after Labor Day. Attendees celebrate the end of summer attired in "resourceful, wonderful white" - including a fabulous abundance of drag!

Help The History Project realize the potential of this fun photo exhibit!

Submit your favorite photo with a brief description and
then click the button below to make a donation to The History Project.

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Watch clips from interviews in
the Boston Deejay Project

We're collecting oral histories on deejays in LGBT clubs in the Boston area, past and present. We put the full interviews into our archives and present parts of them on YouTube. If you are or were a DJ in Boston's gay clubs - at any point in time - and would like to sit down with The History Project, please email Tony.
Boston deejay Steven Burke talks about Boston gay bar 1270 in the early 1970s - the music, the scene, and some creative ways that resident deejay (and Steven's mentor) Jimmy Stuard mixed music.

The "From the Archives" Series
  • HQ 76.3/New England: GLBT Librarians & Library Staff

    6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 17th

  • Martha Stone will discuss her involvement with HQ 76.3/New England and the history of the organization. Founded in 1993, HQ 76.3 was a social and professional organization of GLBT librarians and library staff members. A central goal of the organization was to bring attention to library-related GLBT issues.

    All events in this series are held at The History Project, 29 Stanhope Street in Boston, unless otherwise noted. Events run from 6:00 o 8:00pm and are free and open to the public.

    RSVPs are required. Email info@historyproject.org
    Or connect with us on Facebook - to find out more!

Upcoming From the Archives
  • May 29: The Boston Deejay Project, with Brian Halligan and Tony Grima
  • October 23: Roger & Frank: Gay Life & Love in the 1950s, with Robert Young

Read more about the From the Archives Series.

Items from the Tom Kanar collection, discussed on
Feb 28, 2013

The History Project: Calendar

The History Project is a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives: 
  • Conducting research on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgenders in Massachusetts
  • Preserving the documentary record of that community's social and historical contributions
  • Providing a forum for educating the general public

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Make a financial donation in support of the work of
The History Project, through Wainwright Bank.

The History Project | 29 Stanhope Street, Boston MA 02116
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