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The History Project's Events Calendar

The "Out of the Archives" Series

Crimson Souls: Using Genre Fiction to Negotiate Harvard's Queer History
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

William Holden, local author and board member of The History Project, will discuss his most recent horror novel, Crimson Souls and how he used genre fiction as a vehicle for talking about and remembering the purge of homosexual students at Harvard University in 1920 and its connections to Boston's queer history.

Doors and reception at 6:00PM, talk begins at 6:30, followed by a short Q&A.

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

Read more about the From the Archives Series
Two lesbian avengers eat fire

The "Out in Public" Series

Men Will Be Men: Public Sex from the Tuileries to the Fenway

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6:30 to 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How has the phenomenon of cruising evolved over time? What can we learn about the men who sought diversion in the public parks of Paris three centuries ago? How can their stories enlighten our perspective on local cruising venues still in existence? Join us for engaging and informative presentation on the evolution of subterranean sexual activity — the inaugural event in The History Project's Out in Public lecture series. Read more about the event here.

A joint lecture by Stephen Shapiro of Bennington College and Marvin Kabakoff of The History Project.
Presented by The History Project in partnership with Fenway Health

This is a free event, but RSVPs are required via Eventbrite.
Tuileries, Paris, 18th Century

Tuileries, Paris, 18th Century

Lecture: Henry Sleeper's Bachelor House

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Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston

The term "bachelor house" suggested a distinctive type of home — and homeowner — to early twentieth-century audiences, who understood the phrase as a coded reference to homosexuality. Join Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, for a lecture that explores Beauport as Henry Sleeper's bachelor house.

Placing Sleeper alongside contemporary bachelor-decorators A. Piatt Andrew, Charles Gibson, and Ogden Codman, this illustrated talk considers the roles that memory, collecting, and theater played at Beauport and other bachelor houses of the period.

The lecture takes place at the Otis House at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments provided starting at 6:00 p.m.

$10 Historic New England and History Project members
$15 nonmembers

Presented by The History Project in partnership with Historic New England

Registration is required.
Tuileries, Paris, 18th Century

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

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Announcing the
Charles Shively Collection

Charles "Charley" Shively, born in 1937, is a gay activist known for his 1977 Boston Pride keynote where he burned several documents, including his Harvard degree and pages from the Bible. He was founder of Fag Rag, a scholar of gay history, and a poet.

The collection consists of 9 boxes that have been arranged topically based on Charlie Shively's organizational techniques are divided into fourteen series. The Shively collection contains a variety of printed media including newspaper articles, (original and photocopied,) poetry magazines, serials, and books. The collection also consists of academic course materials including employment reviews, teaching evaluations, and business correspondence, personal correspondence, and speeches.


Coming soon: photos from the awards!

2016 Honorees Susan Ryan-Vollmar and Corey Yarbrough


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

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