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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Michelle Probulus

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 095: Michelle Probulus

Mark Stoner

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Human Relations Commission, HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Pink Triangle Coalition (PTC)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 111: Mark Stoner

Mary Merriman

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs, Human Rights Ordinance

Organizations: MCC Vision of Hope

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 081: Mary Merriman

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Date: August 14, 2013

Transcription of Clarke Hess and Lee Stoltzfuss interview. This transcript is incomplete and video footage of this interview is unavailable at this time. Please contact archives@dickinson.edu for more...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 048: Clarke Hess and Lee Stoltzfuss

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Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 112: Larry Thomas

Bernie Pupo

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 096: Bernie Pupo

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Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 020A: Nancy Datres

Ted Martin

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: Equality PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 074: Ted Martin

Marlene Kanuck

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Common Roads

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 054: Marlene Kanuck

Joseph W. Burns

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Lehigh Valley Homophile Organization (Le-Hi-Ho), Mattachine Society of New York

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

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Date: March 28, 2013

For the very first interview of the history project, Edmund Good and Thurman Grossnickle describe their coming out stories. Thurman is a retired Scientist Administrator and has spent many years in academia and in health professions, as well as in...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA, Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg, Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 042: Edmund ''Ed'' Good and Thurman Grossnickle, part 1, PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 042: Edmund ''Ed'' Good and Thurman Grossnickle, part 2

PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - May 1977

Date: May 1977

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.”

In these minutes general information...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: PA Senate Bill 83, Abortion Laws

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Coalition for Human Rights, MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - May 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - April 1977

Date: April 1977

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.”

In these minutes general information...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Senate Bill 83

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - April 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - March 1977

Date: March 1977

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities."

In these minutes general information...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: PA Senate Bill 83, Sodomy Repeal Bill

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - March 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - February 1977

Date: February 1977

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.”

In these minutes general information...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, Brethren/Mennonite Council for Gay Concerns, Gay Coordinating Society of Berks County, Reading (GCS Berks)

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - February 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - January 1977

Date: January 1977

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.”

In these minutes general information...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: PA Senate Bill 83, Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - January 1977

PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - December 1976

Date: December 1976

The Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus was “an association of interested individuals and groups, formed with the objective of promulgating the concerns and freedoms of gay people and all sexual minorities.”

In these minutes, general minutes are...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Rural Gay Caucus, PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon PA Rural Gay Caucus Minutes - December 1976

The Betty Finney House, American Red Cross Oscar Party, and Art Against AIDS programs

Date: 1991 - 2001

Patricia “Pat” Saunders grew up in the suburbs of Boston, where she became a hairdresser. After Saunders married, she and her family moved to Lancaster, PA, but later she moved back to Boston until moving to New York City for her hairdressing...

Collection: LGBT-062 - Saunders

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: American Red Cross, The Betty Finney House, Lancaster AIDS Project

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-062 Patricia ''Pat'' Saunders Collection

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Date: 1991, 1993, 2018

These documents relate to Cindy Mitzel’s involvement in York Area Lambda, originally known as York Support. The collection consists primarily of news clippings related to efforts to hold a Gay Pride Week celebration in York, Pa in summer 1991.

Collection: LGBT-083 - Mitzel

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Organizations: York Area LAMBDA, York Area Support

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-083 Cindy Mitzel Collection

March On Washington Poster

Date: 1987

National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights poster - October 11, 1987

Collection: LGBT-082 - Meiser

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-082 Sally Meiser Collection

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Date: 1993

This collection contains citizen correspondence requesting that the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in the City of York’s non-discrimination ordinance be put on the ballot for a public referendum. The correspondence dates from February 1993 and...

Collection: LGBT-078 - York City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT-078 York City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Collection

Daniel Klinepeter's AIDS Memorial Quilt

Date: 1992 - 1997

This collection documents the involvement of David Klinepeter and his wife Gloria in the AIDS Memorial Quilt Names Project and the overall AIDS crisis. After their son Daniel died from AIDS, David and his wife worked with the Names Project to...

Collection: LGBT-076 - Klinepeter

Topics: HIV/AIDs, Names AIDS Quilt

Organizations: The Names Project

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-076 David Klinepeter Collection

The Advocate Magazine

Date: 1985 - 1991

This collection contains a run of the Advocate magazine from April 16, 1985 to May 21, 1991. It also includes a 1991 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard guide to Central PA and a gay trivia game.

Collection: LGBT-016 - O'Leary

Topics: The Advocate

Organizations:

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-016 Gary O'Leary Collection

Activist Buttons and Pins and matchbook

Date: 1992, 1996, 2015

This collection contains newspaper clippings, posters, buttons, and gay bar matchbook covers. The news clippings document coverage of issues related to LGBT rights and activism in the LNP (Lancaster) newspaper in summer 2015. The posters address...

Collection: LGBT-033 - Johnson & Maser

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Lancaster AIDS Project

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-033 Johnson & Maser Collection

STUDS Magazine Advertisement Items

Date: 2007 - 2014

This collection contains materials related to STUDS Magazine: Handsomely Beautiful Women, a Harrisburg, PA area magazine that was published, written, and designed by Lindsay Snowden and Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, with contributions from others. In...

Collection: LGBT-032 - Snowden

Topics: STUDS Magazine

Organizations: Central PA Vipers

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-032 Lindsay Snowden Collection

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