Documenting LGBT Place-Based Cultural Heritage in New York City

Ken Lustbader, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


Nevil Classroom, Penn Museum

Brown Bag Lecture - Please Bring a Lunch

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 organizational locations, residences of notable figures, and activism (to name a few) span as far back as the 17th century. Yet despite this history, these tangible reminders of the city’s LGBT community remain largely unknown and potentially endangered.

At this program, project co-director Ken Lustbader will provide an overview about the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. This cultural heritage initiative and educational resource is documenting historic sites connected to the LGBT community throughout New York City. Its interactive map features diverse places from the 17th century to 2000 that are important to LGBT history and illustrate the community's influence on American culture. The discussion will include brief case studies related to interpretation and the nomination of LGBT sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo: Gay “Be-In” at the Sheep Meadow in Central Park at the end of the first NYC Pride March, June 28, 1970. Photo by Diana Davies. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

All events are sponsored, in part, by the PoGo Family Foundation.