03 Nov Executive Director Update
The Nevada LGBT Archives has had an incredible month of October! Since my last letter in September, the following weeks proved to be an amazing month of giving and recognition of Reno as one of the preeminent cities in the United States for LGBT history.
On October 9, 2016 Karen Vibe and Karen Goody opened their lovely home to the archives for a fundraiser for the future exhibit on The Ladder scheduled to go online this holiday season. The fundraiser was well attended by the community and a rousing success.
On October 11, 2016 Executive Directory Jeffery Auer and Deputy Director Nicholas-Martin Kearny flew to Washington for the National Park Service official unveiling of the official LGBTQ Initiative Theme Study held at the Department of the Interior.
Mr. Auer gave a speech along with 51st United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Jaan Williams. The event was live streamed and covered in papers such as the Washington Blade.
Coming up is the Archives’ second exhibit Forbidden History: Lesbian History in Reno in the 1960s and 1970s. This online exhibit is scheduled to make its debut in the Holiday Season December 2016. It will feature the role that Sparks had as the publication headquarters of the first nationally distributed lesbian magazine in the United States, The Ladder, from 1970-1972. The exhibit will also focus on lesbian life in the Reno metropolitan area during the 1969-1972 time period.
I didn’t think it was possible but October was even more jam packed than the summer, and I’m looking forward to more exciting opportunities for the archives in the coming months.