Our Mission
To document and preserve the history of Boston's LGBT community, and to share that information with the public.

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The History Project's Events Calendar


The History Project invites you to celebrate Boston's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history and to join us as we recognize the community members and organizations who make history every day.

This year we will honor Susan Ryan-Vollmar
with the 2016 HistoryMaker Award

From her role in helping bring to light the Boston Archdiocese's coverup of the sexual abuse of children by priests, to her role as editor of Bay Windows during the public debates on marriage equality in Massachusetts, and her support of LGBTQ movements and issues, Susan displays a consistent dedication to advocacy for the LGBTQ community and a passion for uncovering and exposing the truth. The History Project celebrates the often unacknowledged lives of LGBTQ people throughout history. As the world celebrates those who built upon Susan's solid, quieter work, we are thrilled to honor Susan as a true HistoryMaker.

We will also honor Corey Yarbrough with the 2016 Lavender Rhino Award,
presented to emerging history-makers in the local LGBT community.

Susan Ryan-Vollmar and Corey Yarbrough

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Club Cafe | 209 Columbus Ave | Boston, MA 02116

$75 each
Host level: $300 (1 ticket) or $500 (two tickets)

Purchase tickets online here

Or send a check to: The History Project
29 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA 02116

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Contact info@historyproject.org with any questions.

The "Out of the Archives" Series

Roger & Frank Revisited: Gay Life & Love in the 1950s & 1960s
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

Robert Young returns with updates on his incredible research into a packet of 1950s and 60s photographs he found in an antique store. The photos offer a glimpse into a group of gay men living their lives in New York, Provincetown, and — Robert recently discovered — Andover, Massachusetts.

This is a free event, but RSVPs are required via Eventbrite.

Read more about the From the Archives Series.


There are many ways to volunteer with The History Project. You can help us to plan events like our HistoryMaker Awards or From the Archives series, work on processing archives & new collections, or help us with fundraising.

We send out a monthly email with specific volunteer opportunities, including dates and times. To receive this volunteer-specific email, contact Tony Grima.

We hope you'll join us!

Watch clips from interviews in
the Boston Deejay Project
We're collecting oral histories from deejays in LGBT clubs in the Boston area, past and present. We put the full interviews into our archives and present parts of them on YouTube. If you are or were a DJ in Boston's gay clubs - at any point in time - and would like to sit down with The History Project, please email Tony.

Boston deejay Anthony Porter talks about his early years; going to clubs in early 70s to cruise tearooms and The Art Cinema; going to The Other Side at age 14 (1971); moving out to live on Beacon Hill at age 16; going to the 1270 in 1972 and noticing Jimmy Stuard's music.


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at the Preservationist level with a monthly donation.

Our work depends on your support. With your monthly donation of $20 or more, you'll play a critical role in our work by helping us remain fiscally viable as we continue to pursue the dream of one day securing a permanent home for our collections. Any monthly gift of $10 or greater will qualify you for recognition as a Preservationist supporter.

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The History Project: Calendar

The History Project is a volunteer-driven organization focused on several important initiatives: 
  • Conducting research on lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgenders in Massachusetts
  • Preserving the documentary record of that community's social and historical contributions
  • Providing a forum for educating the general public

The History Project | 29 Stanhope Street, Boston MA 02116
617.266.7733 | info@historyproject.org