26 Sep Executive Director Update
September 26, 2016
The Nevada LGBT Archives has had an incredible Summer Season! Since June, a number of local business owners and private citizens have reached out to make gifts to NVLGBTA’s ephemera holdings. We are proud to include among our recent acquisitions: an extremely rare 1978 Reno Gay Rodeo t-shirt, a complete set of Reno Out magazines, and one of only two sets of rare bar glasses made especially for the 1983 Reno National Gay Rodeo. We are so fortunate to have incredible community support!
On June 16, 2016 NVLGBTA was introduced to the leadership of the region’s performing arts organizations and cultural institutions at a presentation to the Reno Arts Consortium. Seeds were planted there for a beautiful new photographic exhibit: Dancers We Lost – Nevada, honoring performers lost to HIV/AIDS. A statewide call for submissions will augment the powerful Dancers We Lost exhibit by Glenne McElhinney-Impact Stories, currently on display in San Francisco and Long Beach, which focuses on dancers who lived in California and danced in Nevada.
Heather Emmons, State Public Affairs Officer with the Nevada Natural Resources Conservation Service office of the United States Department of Agriculture, invited NVLGBTA to give a presentation to their local office during June PRIDE month. Approximately 20 USDA employees from the Reno office attended, while an additional 6 people attended via video-telecast during the June 23, 2016, presentation.
On June 29 Executive Director Jeff Auer unveiled at Sundance Bookstore his work for the upcoming theme study for the National Park Service theme study on LGBT history. The theme study chapter Mr. Auer wrote was groundbreaking work identifying ten historic buildings of national importance to national LGBT history.
Grants from the Nevada Humanities and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence allowed the Archives to present our first exhibit: Reno National Gay Rodeo- A Queer Celebration of Western Tradition. This 4oth anniversary retrospective exhibition featured newspaper clippings, text from actual Reno Gay Rodeo programs, as well as several rare pieces of ephemera from the period. The exhibit made its debut at Sassabration on July 16, 2016. After its success there it went on to be featured at Northern Nevada Pride on July 23, 2016. The National Rodeo exhibit is currently scheduled to be on display at Our Center in Reno and plans are underway to take the exhibit to Las Vegas Pride and to be put on display at The Center in Las Vegas, as well.
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 November 5, 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.
It has been a whirlwind past three months and I look forward to the next three months will prove even more eventful!