Dec. 22, 2013: It has been an amazing year for the Project - from being honored by Pride St. Louis, Inc. with the Jim Hoefer Award to receiving national media attention related to our new Missouri History Museum partnership. So many people have lent their time and talents to support our work. Thanks to everyone for their support. We have been entrusted with several new artifacts this year - including rare color photographs from St. Louis' first Pride in 1980 taken by Jim Pfaff. There are many exciting announcements planned for 2014, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please have a happy and healthy holiday. - Steve Brawley, Ian Darnell and Colin Murphy.
December 5, 2013: The Project thanks Robyn Carolyn Montague for her recent donation of a 1973 painting of herself, along with several other items including business cards, photographs, and presentation materials.
Robyn has been a long term area community activist committed to LGBT, homeless youth, and other social issues. Currently she is enjoying "semi-retirement" and is writing songs. Thanks Robyn for your leadership and donations of artifacts to the Project over the years.
November 30, 2013: The Project thanks Mark Swain for his latest donations to our archives. Mark, a talented artist and photographer, has provided color photographs/negatives from St. Louis' 1989 Pride and pictures of two 1970s era female impersonators (Alan Ryales and Vanessa Ames).
Mark has previously donated items to the Project and says he has more treasures in closests and drawers he will set aside for us as he finds them.
If you have any items to donate, please contact us.
November 12, 2013: The Project thanks the Blue Max Cycle Club for the generous donation of archival materials documenting the history of their organization. The materials include meeting minutes, newsletters, special event fliers, membership forms, and applications.
Blue Max Cycle Club is a levi-leather club in St. Louis, Missouri. The club was founded in 1975 by a group led by Jerry Wickham and later reorganized by Bob Garrett. The original home bar was the Red Bull in East St. Louis, Illinois. In 1978 the home bar was the Mine Shaft (downstairs at Faces) followed by Clementines in 1980 and the Outpost (later the upstairs bar was called the St. Louis Eagle) in 1993 (The Outpost/Eagle closed in December 1999 but reopened six months later under new management as the Eagle in Exile.) JJs Clubhouse has been the club's home bar since 2000.
In the early years, Blue Max joined other clubs in holding joint runs. Those clubs included Gateway M.C., Spirits of St. Louis, and Bacchus. In mid-1982, each club began holding individual runs. In 1992, Blue Max became the first St. Louis leather club to admit women. Blue Max has always been committed to charitable causes.
The club has a long history of hosting fundraisers and special collections for school supplies, canned foods, and holiday toys for children of families affected by HIV/AIDS. Learn more at www.bluemaxcc.org.