September 20, 2019: The St. Louis LGBT History Project (Project) has announced an expanded archival and programming partnership with Pride St. Louis. Inc. (Pride).
Through the partnership, the Project will work with Pride to preserve LGBTQIA+ artifacts and offer educational exhibits and lectures at the PrideCenter, 3738 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. For the past seven years, Pride has donated exhibit space to the Project during the annual PrideFest.
To kick-off the expanded relationship, the Project is offering a new exhibit at PrideCenter entitled Pride in Missouri. The exhibit provides an overview of LGBTQIA+ history across the state. It was produced in conjunction with the Project, Missouri State Archives, Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America in Kansas City, MO, and Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives in Springfield, MO. The exhibit will run through November 1.
In addition to exhibits and special programs, the PrideCenter’s library will feature a special LGBTQIA+ history section that the Project will work to enhance. In addition, the Project has duplicate copies of Pride Guides, Pride Pages, and Gay and Lesbian News Telegraph newspapers that will also be archived at the PrideCenter for use by researchers and the community.
Project Founder, Steven Louis Brawley says, “the expansion of our work with Pride will enhance our already dynamic archival and community partnerships with the Griot Museum of Black History, Missouri History Museum, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and Washington University.
The Project was founded in 2007 with a mission to preserve and promote St. Louis’s dynamic LGBTQIA+history.
Learn more at www.stlouislgbthistory.com.
St. Louis’ first official Pride event was held in 1980. Learn more at www.pridestl.org.