Public Faces/Private Lives

 Public Faces/Private Lives broke attendance records at the Boston Public Library when it debuted in May of 1996, drawing more than 50,000 visitors. The exhibit, which chronicles Boston's GLBT history from 1620 up to the Stonewall rebellion in 1969, drew from an impressive and eclectic range of sources. These range from seventeenth-century records describing laws against cross dressing, to accounts of the same-sex friendships among Boston 's Transcendentalists, to stories about gay life during World War II taken from oral histories.

The exhibit formed the basis for the book Improper Bostonians, which was published by Beacon Press in 1998.