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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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The "Out of the Archives" Series

Gay Men's Leather Community History of Boston & New England

Note the later start time!
7:00 to 9:00 pm, Thursday, Feb 23, 2017

Please join Scott Erickson on a trip down memory lane of Boston / New England Gay Men's Leather Community. This talk will feature the items from the collection of the History Project in Boston.

This is a free event, but RSVPs are required via Eventbrite.


Read more about the From the Archives Series
  Photo of scott erickson, smoking a pipe, wearing leather gear





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Announcing the
Charles Shively Collection


Charles "Charley" Shively, born in 1937, is a gay activist known for his 1977 Boston Pride keynote where he burned several documents, including his Harvard degree and pages from the Bible. He was founder of Fag Rag, a scholar of gay history, and a poet.

The collection consists of 9 boxes that have been arranged topically based on Charlie Shively's organizational techniques are divided into fourteen series. The Shively collection contains a variety of printed media including newspaper articles, (original and photocopied,) poetry magazines, serials, and books. The collection also consists of academic course materials including employment reviews, teaching evaluations, and business correspondence, personal correspondence, and speeches.



THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE
2016 HISTORYMAKER AWARDS!

Coming soon: photos from the awards!


2016 Honorees Susan Ryan-Vollmar and Corey Yarbrough





VOLUNTEER WITH THE HISTORY PROJECT!

There are many ways to volunteer with The History Project. You can help us to plan events like our HistoryMaker Awards or From the Archives series, work on processing archives & new collections, or help us with fundraising.

We send out a monthly email with specific volunteer opportunities, including dates and times. To receive this volunteer-specific email, contact Tony Grima.

We hope you'll join us!
 



Watch clips from interviews in
the Boston Deejay Project
 
We're collecting oral histories from 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 Anthony Porter talks about his early years; going to clubs in early 70s to cruise tearooms and The Art Cinema; going to The Other Side at age 14 (1971); moving out to live on Beacon Hill at age 16; going to the 1270 in 1972 and noticing Jimmy Stuard's music.



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The History Project is a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives: 
  • Conducting research on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people 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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