The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana is pleased to announce it will host an Open House on Wednesday, January 22, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 636 St. Ann Street.
In addition to complimentary wine and hors d’ouvres, the Open House will feature a Timeline of New Orleans LGBT+ History as well as vintage photographs of Gay Carnival, Southern Decadence memorabilia, old issues of The Rooster, Impact, and Ambush magazines, and video footage of Just for the Record, an LGBT+ themed television talk show that aired on open access cable in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Attendees to the Open House will also have an opportunity to win two free nights at Harrah’s Hotel and a complimentary dinner for two at Harrah’s Steakhouse.
Founded in 2013, the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana is a non-profit statewide collective that works to preserve and promote local LGBT+ history.
Essentially, the Archives Project reaches out to the community and encourages individuals and organizations to donate their records and other items to an institution that can properly preserve them and make them accessible to the public and future researchers. These records range from personal letters and journals to organizational records to Carnival Ball costumes to long-gone LGBT+ magazines and newspapers to posters for LGBT+ related events to video footage to bar memorabilia and much more.
The LGBT+ Archives Project also boasts an active Oral History program.
In addition to preserving primary historical sources, the LGBT+ Archives Project also hosts, sponsors, and funds events throughout Louisiana that chronicle queer history.
The following institutions are collaborative partners with the LGBT+ Archives Project. The Archives Project has facilitated donations to each of these institutions: Amistad Research Center, Center for Louisiana Studies, Louisiana Research Collection (Tulane Univ.), Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University, Newcomb College Institute (Tulane Univ.), New Orleans Public Library, The Historic New Orleans Collection, and the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History.
The Open House on the 22nd is free and open to the public.