LGBT History Project

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May 24, 2013

From the time Joe Burns came out as gay at around 27 years of age, he was involved in gay activism. He was a part of many organizations that have helped to move gay rights forward, including the Mattachine Society and Le-Hi-Ho. He donated his...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Burns, Joe - 012A

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 1, 2013

Born in 1949 to a Lutheran minister and his wife, Marlene Kanuck married a man, had two children, and got a divorce after 11 years of marriage before realizing that she was a lesbian. In this interview, she discusses her coming out process and...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Kanuck, Marlene - 054

Subject: Education, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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June 3, 2013

Prior to coming out at the age of 32, Ted Martin had worked for many years for the government and public policy organizations, chiefly in the areas of communications and advocacy. Martin lived in Washington, D.C. and worked for Congress before...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Martin, Ted - 074

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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June 19, 2013

Nancy Datres was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1948 and moved to Harrisburg to pursue computer science after becoming blacklisted by the Altoona Police Department when she was just 27 years old. Thereafter, Nancy moved through several careers...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Datres, Nancy - 020

Subject: Education, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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June 26, 2013

Bobbi Carmitchell was born in Willow Street, Pennsylvania. She spent most of her professional career as a full-time musician, but currently has added contracting work in stained glass and woodworking art. Bobbi describes her journey in the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Carmitchell, Bonni - 013

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 24, 2013

Bernie Pupo was born in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania in 1945 and attended Mount Carmel Catholic High School. After working in a factory after high school, Bernie moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a window decorator for Pomeroy’s...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Pupo, Bernie - 096

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 30, 2013

Larry Lee Thomas was born in Burnham, Pennsylvania in 1941, living there for at least 19 years before spending four years in the military, and shortly thereafter moving to the nearby city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After his first experience...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Thomas, Larry - 112

Subject: LGBT History, Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 28, 2013

Born in Chicago, IL in 1949 to a Catholic family, Mary Merriman joined the Air Force in 1967, where she struggled with her sexuality due to the environment, eventually becoming pregnant and discharging from the military before giving her son up...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Merruman, Mary - 081

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 29, 2013

Mark Stoner, born in 1959, grew up and currently lives in Lancaster, where he has worked as a graphic designer for the past 30 years. He came out as gay early in his college years at Penn State University and thereafter became involved in...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Stoner, Mark - 111

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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September 4, 2013

Michelle Probulus, 43, describes her experience with realizing that she is a lesbian at age 40, while married to a man with whom she had two young sons. She discusses the complications of figuring out her sexuality and coming to the realization...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Probulus, Michelle - 095

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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September 20, 2013

Richard H. Hause was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, on May 21, 1947, moving to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he graduated from high school in 1965. After coming out to his family when he was eighteen, Richard began working for the State...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Hause, Richard H. - 045

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 9, 2013

Born in 1951, Mary Nancarrow grew up in the Harrisburg area, and from a young age, she has been involved in the movements for LGBT and women’s rights, especially for Central Pennsylvania. She has worked extensively with NOW, serving as the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Nancarrow, Mary - 084A

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 27, 2013

Samuel Deetz was born in Quakertown (Pennsylvania), in 1951, on April 21st and was one of eight children. Sam’s father became a minister, which allowed his family to move from place to place over Sam’s young life. Sam’s family wanted him to...

Location: LGBT oral history - Deetz, Sam - 005

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 12, 2013

Julie Lobur was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1955 and moved to Harrisburg in 1970. She received her bachelor’s degree from Penn State and added a master’s degree in computer science in 2003. Julie briefly served in the military in 1983...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Lobur, Julie - 068

Subject: LGBT History, Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 15, 2014

Daniel (Dan) C. Miller’s colorful humor and personality were persistent throughout the interview. He shares his experiences growing up and coming out in his early 30s. His coming out experience was during his time working for Donald L. DeMuth....

Location: LGBT Oral History - Miller, Dan - 082

Subject: Legal Affairs, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 22, 2014

Barry Loveland was born December 28th, 1956 in Schenectady, New York. After graduating from high school, Barry attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture and Building Sciences....

Location: LGBT Oral History - Loveland, Barry - 070

Subject: Education, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 26, 2014

John Folby was born in Pittsburgh in 1947. He was the oldest of five children in an Irish-Italian Catholic family. He relocated to Harrisburg in 1975 with his partner. John continues to live with his partner in Harrisburg in a relationship...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Folby, John - 035

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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May 8, 2014

Jon Johnson was born in Southern Lancaster county, Pennsylvania and lived on his family’s farm in his early life. Charles (Charlie) Maser was born in Brownstown in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Jon spent most of his life in Pennsylvania. He went...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Johnson, John and Maser, Charles - 052

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 2, 2014

Brian Patchcoski was born in Scranton Pennsylvania, brought up in a very strong Irish, German, and Polish Roman Catholic family. Brian progressed through high school, working for a Catholic church for 10 years and expecting to go into the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Patchcoski, Brian - 089

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 22, 2014

Alanna Berger and Blaise Liffick are the co-founders of the Silent Witness Peacekeepers Organization. Alanna was born in 1954 in Hummelstown, PA. Before committing full time to Silent Witness, Alanna by profession worked as a systems analyst...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Berger, Alanna, and Liffick, Blaise - 007

Subject: LGBT History, Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 29, 2014

Ann Van Dyke was born in a farming community in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where she was raised in a devout Methodist home. After moving to Mechanicsburg to work at the Methodist Home for Children at age 19, Ann was exposed to the more...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Van Dyke, Ann - 118

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 17, 2014

Arlene Ackerman was born in San Francisco, California, then adopted and raised in Lodi, California. Jacquie Bogle Ackerman was born and raised in northern Minnesota. Arlene became licensed as clergy with the Metropolitan Community Church in 1977...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Ackerman, Arlene & Jacquie Bogle Ackerman - 002

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 27, 2014

Nancy Datres was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1948 and first moved to Harrisburg to pursue computer science after becoming blacklisted by the Altoona Police Department when she was just 27 years old. Thereafter, Nancy moved through several...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Datres, Nancy - 020b

Subject: Education, Legal Affairs, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 10, 2014

Sharon Mahar Potter was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, commuting to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the first time when she was offered a position to build the early intervention system for disabled children in the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Potter, Sharon - 94

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 11, 2014

Emily Newberry was born in June of 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, shortly thereafter moving to West Haven, Connecticut, and then Schenectady, New York, after her parents got divorced—a shameful and hidden family secret—and her dad remarried. Emily...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Newberry, Emily - 086

Subject: Dickinson College Alumni Affairs, Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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