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Special Events at the Archives


Saturday October 18th, 11am - 6pm

Black Lesbian DYI Fest 2014 @ Archives:

A zinesfest event offering Black lesbians and their allies with content on/about Black lesbians a space to sell, share, or trade zines, chapbooks, posters, art, pamphlets, small press books or any other forms of handmade or DIY print based items. If you are interested in setting up a table, tabling fees apply. For more information re tabling: blacklesbianslha2014@gmail.com.


Sunday October 19th, 12pm - 6pm

Memories from 13a and Photographs by Morgan Gwenwald: An Afternoon hosted by Joan Nestle.

Did you ever visit the the Lesbian Herstory Archives while it was at the Upper West Side? Then please come and share your memories with us! Tell us what it was like, what did you work on, who did you meet, what happened! Remember what it was like 20, 30 and 40 years ago. Come for an hour or stay the afternoon, see old friends, make new ones. Share with the women who were there then, and the ones who are doing the work now.

This afternoon of shared experiences will be enriched by the photographs of Morgan Gwenwald, one of the volunteer coordinators in the 1980s and 90s. She kept a camera by her side always and captured many of the moments that are the essence of the Archives. There will be an exhibit of her work in the entry gallery at LHA, and a ‘slide show’ of many more images representing LHA: At Homes, marches, dances, work days, fundraises and yes, even play, that made up the early days of the Lesbian Herstory Archives.

This is a free event. If you'd like to bring a snack or beverage to share, in the old lesbian tradition of pot lucks, go for it!


Wednesday October 22nd, 6pm

Getting from the THEN to NOW: A Panel Discussion

Three generations of Lesbians have kept the Archives vital for 40 years, from its founding in Deb Edel and Joan Nestle's apartment on the upper west side to our current home in our own brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Deb Edel and Joan Nestle will speak of the early days to get the panel started. Come and hear their stories and other current and former LHA "archivettes", hear about all their organizing, activism, fundraising and commitment. Come and add your own memories and experiences at the Archives. A slide show of Morgan Gwenwald's photographs documenting decades of the Archives will be shown as part of the panel. Suggestion donation: $10. This event will be held at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W.13th St, (between 7th and 8th Aves), Manhattan. (A,C,E,F,1,2,3 Trains to 14th St. Stop)


Sunday November 2nd, 3pm

At Home with the Archives: Lisa Merrill Discussing Charlotte Cushman

Charlotte Cushman, one of the most famous actors of nineteenth century America and part of an extended community of women/lesbian artists was called "the female Romeo."LISA MERRILL’s critical biography of Charlotte Cushman, “When Romeo was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and Her Circle of Female Spectators” (University of Michigan Press), based on 20,000 unpublished letters and items in the archive of the Library of Congress, was awarded the 2000 Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book in Theatre. Join us to hear about this fascinating lesbian and to engage in a discussion with the author, a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric at Hofstra University.


Sunday November 16th, 3pm

At Home with the Archives: Lisa Davis Discussing Angela Calomiris ("The FBI's Lesbian") vs. the American Communist Party

LISA E. DAVIS has lived in Greenwich Village for many years and loves to write about it. Her historical novel, "Under the Mink" (Alyson, 2001), about drag queens and kings who worked in the Village mafia-controlled nightclubs in the 1940s, grew out of her long-time friendship with many of them. She is currently writing a book about Angela Calomiris, the "FBI’s Lesbian." From the Special Collections of the Archives, the papers of Angela Calomiris (1916-95) delineate in great detail her career as a paid FBI informant (1942-49) inside the American Communist Party, and her key role as a prosecution witness at the first Smith Act trial of the Party leadership (1949). Join us to hear about Calomiris and for a discussion led by Lisa Davis.



All events at The Archives', unless otherwise stated. The Archives' is located at 484 14 St (between 8th Ave and Prospect Park West) Park Slope, Brooklyn, F train to the 15th St. Stop

We can always use your help with the Archives work. Come by for part or all of a Workday. Or if you can't make a Workday, come by anytime we're open, no experience necessary. We also provide access at other times by appointment only.