Discovering LGBTQ History

Preservation Maryland will lead a collaborative of academic, municipal, and community stakeholders in a statewide strategy to document and  include the important and lasting contributions of Maryland’s LGBTQ community and the places associated with their lives with new and updated nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.


Partners: Maryland Historical Trust, University of Maryland, City of Baltimore, Montgomery County

The Problem

There are only 18 historic sites recognized for LGBTQ history out of a collection of 1.4 million contributing resources, buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects, on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Fix

Preservation Maryland will lead a collaborative of academic, municipal, and community stakeholders in a statewide strategy to document and include the important and lasting contributions of Maryland’s LGBTQ community and the places associated with their lives with new and updated nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Updates

JUNE 2019

Benjamin Egerman, a Waxter Intern at Preservation Maryland has researched and added nearly 300 locations of LGBTQ historic significance to a public map on HistoryPin. This project represented one of the largest contributions to the LGBTQ+ American map made by any state.

EXPLORE THE MAP

June 2019

Preservation Maryland and consultant, Dr. Susan Ferentinos, will host five community meetings to crowdsource Maryland LGBTQ history at the local level. All LGBTQ Marylanders and allies are encouraged to attend any or all sessions this June in Takoma Park, Salisbury, Frederick, Annapolis, and Baltimore.

VIEW MEETING SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY 2019

Working with Benjamin Egerman, a candiate for a Master’s in Library Science at the Unveristy of Maryland, Preservation Maryland has invited Maryland’s colleges and universities to participate in the crowdsourcing of documenting LGBTQ spaces in the state. Benjamin’s LGBTQ research guide is perfect for beginner researchers and/or those researching LGBTQ history for the first time.

USE THE RESEARCH GUIDE

RESOURCES

02/2019
Resource Guide: Looking for LGBTQ+ History on Your Campus
Preservation Maryland

12/2018
A Place to Start: A Toolkit for Documenting LGBTQ Heritage in Baltimore City (And Beyond)
University of Maryland, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

2018
Maryland Historical Society LGBTQ Collection Acquisition Information
Maryland Historical Society

2018
LGBTQ America HistoryPin Map
National Park Service

2016
LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study
National Park Service

2011
LGBTQ Heritage Initiative
Baltimore Heritage

IN THE NEWS

06/14/2019
Documenting Maryland’s LGBTQ History
Maryland Humanities Podcast

06/13/2019
Frederick unearths more of its LGBTQ history as part of statewide preservation project
Frederick News-Post

11/01/2018
Places With Pride
Maryland Today

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The Six-to-Fix program allows Preservation Maryland to take direct action to fulfill its mission to protect the best of Maryland. Your donation helps provide technical assistance through Preservation Maryland staff and preservation experts to threatened and underutilized historic places – your donation has a direct impact on saving Maryland architecture and history.

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You can help. Six-to-Fix rallies the Maryland preservation community around discrete and necessary tasks and projects to advance each project. Folks with all skills and interests are encouraged to sign-up. You will receive periodic announcements with opportunities to participate, and we hope you can join us to save history together.

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