The newly-renamed "Out of the Archives" Series are intimate events featuring focused topics, lively discussions, and selected photos and documents from the History Project Archives.

All events in this series are held at The History Project, 29 Stanhope Street in Boston, unless otherwise noted.

Events typically run from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and are free and open to the public. RSVPs are required.

Up next:
    Crimson Souls: Using Genre Fiction to Negotiate Harvard's Queer History
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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    William Holden, local author and board member of The History Project, will discuss his most recent horror novel, Crimson Souls and how he used genre fiction as a vehicle for talking about and remembering the purge of homosexual students at Harvard University in 1920 and its connections to Boston's queer history.

    This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited!

    RSVPs are required, via Eventbrite

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    Men Will Be Men: Public Sex from the Tuileries to the Fenway
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Tuileries, Paris, 18th Century

    Tuileries, Paris, 18th Century

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    6:30 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 10th Floor, Boston

    A joint lecture by Stephen Shapiro of Bennington College and Marvin Kabakoff of The History Project.

    How has the phenomenon of cruising evolved over time? What can we learn about the men who sought diversion in the public parks of Paris three centuries ago? How can their stories enlighten our perspective on local cruising venues still in existence? Join us for engaging and informative presentation on the evolution of subterranean sexual activity — the inaugural event in The History Project's Out in Public lecture series.

    Presented by The History Project in partnership with Fenway Health

    This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited!

    RSVPs are required, via Eventbrite

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Upcoming Out of the Archives

  • May 4: Amy Hoffman on Bad Attitude magazine

  • May 22: Michael H. Ward on his memoir, The Sea Is Quiet Tonight, about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Boston

Previous "Out of the Archives" topics included...
  • March 2017: Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too, with Lesbian Avengers
  • Feb 2017: Gay Men's Leather Community History of Boston & New England, with Scott Erickson
  • Jan 2017: Other Space: A Science Fiction Love Story, with Taj Smith
  • Nov 2016: Gayme Night! Explore and play different LGBTQ-themed board games from our archives
  • Oct 2016: Roger & Frank Revisited: Gay Life & Love in the 1950s & 1960s, with Robert Young
  • Sept 2016: Soapbox to San Quentin: Lesbian Firebrand Marie Equi, with Michael Helquist
  • May 2016: Provincetown LGBT History in a Nutshell, with Steve Desroches
  • April 2016: Boston's Unseen Queer Religious History, with Sage Moses
  • March 2016: Boston's South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood, with Russ Lopez
  • February 2016: Curious Boys and Odd Girls: Erotica in the Archives, with Joan Ilacqua and Dave White
  • January 2016: THP'S Drag Collections
  • Nov 2015: Am Tikva, Boston's LGBT Synagogue
  • Oct 22, 2015: OLE! (Older Lesbian Energy)
  • Sept 24, 2015: Boston Bar Culture
  • May 28, 2015: Boston's Gaylaxians
  • Apr 16, 2015: The Queerzines of Papercut Zine Library
  • Mar 19, 2015: "The longest four miles of our life..." GLiB and the St. Patrick's Day Parade of 1992
  • Feb 19, 2015: Revolutionary Beginnings: The Coors Boycott and the Birth of the LGBT Labor Movement 1966-1987, with Gerry Scoppetuolo
  • Jan. 22, 2015: Gay motorcycle clubs, with Scott Erickson
Items from the Tom Kanar collection

Out for the Count: LGBT Organizing and Socializing around Sports in Boston

Letters from GCN's Prisoner Project

The Boston Phoenix's 'One in Ten'

Halloween Masks and Masquerades