LGBT History Project

About LGBT History Project Resources

The LGBT Center of Central PA and the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections have partnered to document the stories and history of LGBT life and activism in the greater Central Pennsylvania region. This site contains oral histories that have been recorded for the LGBT History Project, as well as fully accessible digital versions of documents, images, and artifacts that have been donated to the project.

This is a quickly growing collection, and not all items are available through this website. Please contact Malinda Triller-Doran at archives@dickinson.edu for information about how to access all of the resources of the LGBT History Project, as well as how to donate additional materials.

Generous support to make these unique resources accessible has been provided by the Schlegel Deibler Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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Date: November 14, 2015

Don Haines was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and grew up there. In this interview he discusses his experience in Lancaster County as a gay man. He also discusses his experience in Columbia, PA and the acceptance that he has from his family and...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 043: Don Haines

Gretchen Little

Date: November 19, 2015

Gretchen Little was born on October 26, 1958 in Elmira, New York. As a child, Gretchen was interested in sports and experimented with wearing women’s clothing in the home. While studying Media Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas,...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Transgender Experiences

Organizations: TransCentral PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 067: Gretchen Little

Cathy Nelson

Date: November 11, 2015

Cathy Nelson was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Staten Island, New York, at the age of two with her strict Italian-Swedish family. As a child, Cathy loved music and did well in school. She also participated in Catholic youth group...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: Central PA Womyn's Chorus

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Shaka Hudson

Date: Agusut 3, 2015

Shaka Hudson was born in 1949 in Harrisburg as the middle of five children. An artist his whole life, Shaka attended John Harris High School and Penn State University before unenrolling in college and leaving Harrisburg to join the Washington D.C...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 050: Shaka Hudson

Joy Verner

Date: March 24, 2015

Joy Verner was born in 1963 and grew up in Franklin Pennsylvania near Erie, Pa. Joy was one of three children and a mother and a father. She relocated to central Pennsylvania during graduate school where she attended school near Shippensburg. She...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 119: Joy Verner

Eric Selvey

Date: April 9, 2015

Dr. Eric Selvey was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. He attended optometry school in Philadelphia, but returned to the Harrisburg area after graduating. In his interview he discusses his relationship with his mother and grandmother — and coming...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Lily White & Company, South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 104: Eric Selvey

Eva O'Diam

Date: April 6, 2015

Eva O’Diam was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1953 to her mother, a school teacher, and her father, an engineer. Growing up in conservative, rural Ohio, Eva lost her father at the age of 12 and moved to Covington, Ohio where she graduated from high...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out, HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 088: Eva O'Diam

Laury McIntyre

Date: March 29, 2015

Laury was born in New Port Beach, California on March 20, 1961. She is the middle child with two brothers from a Presbyterian home. Laurie and her current partner Jan are not married and do not live together. She currently resides in Harrisburg,...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 080: Laury McIntyre

Cindy Lou Mitzel

Date: March 29, 2015

Cindy Lou Mitzel was born in April of 1942 in York County, Pennsylvania as the youngest in a big family. Growing up, Cindy knew that she felt attraction towards women but married a man just after graduating from high school and had three children...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: National Organization for Women (N.O.W.), Lesbian Alliance, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Central PA Womyn's Chorus

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 083: Cindy Lou Mitzel

Louie Marven

Date: March 29, 2015

Louie Marven moved to central Pennsylvania from his hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York to attend Messiah College in 2003 and has lived in the Harrisburg area ever since. The school’s conservative values and prohibition of “homosexual behavior...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: LGBT Center of Central PA, Common Roads

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 076: Louie Marven

Philip ''Phil'' Wenger

Date: March 23, 2015

The interview performed on March 23, 2015 is with Oral History project volunteer, Michele Metcalf and long-time LGBT activist and self-identified gay man, Phil Wenger. Wenger was born and raised in Ethiopia in a large Mennonite missionary family...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: LGBT Center of Central PA, Lancaster AIDS Project

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 128: Philip ''Phil'' Wenger

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Date: March 22, 2015

Lindsay Snowden was born in Pittsburgh on March 15, 1976. Lindsay worked a bunch of odd jobs and has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a young age. Lindsay joined the military when sirb was 17. Lindsay realized after moving to Harrisburg that...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: House of Gains

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 110: Lindsay Snowden

David Walker

Date: March 19, 2015

David Walker was born in 1946 in Lancaster County, where he grew up in a strict Presbyterian family and always knew that he was different. He studied to be a teacher at Lebanon Valley College when the school was more fundamentalist, but after...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Gay Men's Chorus of Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 121: David Walker

Maria Warren

Date: March 8, 2015

Maria Warren grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, in a religious family with both her blood-related and adopted siblings. Maria was very involved in her mother’s church, attending Sunday services, Bible study, and choir rehearsal, but realized that...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 123: Maria Warren

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Date: February 5, 2015

Brent Weaver was born in Corning, New York but primarily grew up the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. Although his parents grew up in conservative Mennonite families, Brent and his brother were raised Presbyterian, and Brent recognized that he was...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 124: Brent Weaver

Becky Boone

Date: November 25, 2014

ecky Boone, who identifies as heterosexual, was raised in a religious family that was accepting of homosexuality, although they rarely discussed it. Her involvement with the Pembroke United Church of Christ in Harrisburg and as a parent of a...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 008: Becky Boone

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Date: November 25, 2014

Mr. Boone is interviewed as an ally of the LGBT community. From a young age, he encountered members of the LGBT community but never judged or discriminated against them. He later joined the board of a Community Center, and through this Center...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 009: Tom Boone

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Date: October 26, 2014

This is an oral history with David Payne. It was recorded on October 26th, 2014. David Payne was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia as a communications major. The focus of his career has...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Gay Men's Chorus of Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 090: David Payne

Joseph W. Burns

Date: October 15, 2014

Joe Burns is an LGBT activist who actively participated in LGBT organizations, marches, and protests especially throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. In this interview, Joe discusses his involvement in several of those LGBT and women’s rights...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Feminism, Lancaster City Ordinance

Organizations: Allentown NOW, Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho), PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 012B: Joseph W. Burns

Sharon Potter

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Bi, Gay, Lesbian Youth Association of Harrisburg (Bi-GLYAH), LGBT Center of Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 094: Sharon Potter

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Date: August 2 & 29, 2014

Abstract for Interview 1: Lawrence von Barann was born on June 26, 1928 in Queens, New York to an American mother from New York City and an immigrant father from Germany. Lawrence spent the majority of his upbringing living in the Queens borough...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription LGBT Oral History 120: Lawrence ''Larry'' Von Barann

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Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: PA State Human Relations Commission

Organizations: Equality PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 118: Ann Van Dyke

Alanna Berger (L) and Blaise Liffick (R)

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Silent Witness Peacekeepers Organization

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 007: Alanna Berger and Blaise Liffick

Brian Patchcoski

Date: 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...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 089: Brian Patchcoski

John Johnson (L) and Charles Maser (R)

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Lancaster AIDS Project, The Betty Finney House

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 052: John Johnson and Charles Maser

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