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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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Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - May 1983

Date: May 1983

Created by Lorraine Kujawa, Cindy Mitzel, Mary Nancarrow, and several others in 1983, the Lavender Letter Newsletter was a calendar of events for, by, and about lesbian women to create community in the Central Pennsylvania area. The newsletter...

Collection: LGBT-022 - Kujawa

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA, PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN), National Organization for Women (N.O.W.)

View Item: PDF icon Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - May 1983

GSH Newsletter - December 1981

Date: December 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. This was the last newsletter created by the Switchboard, due to the establishment of another gay press in Harrisburg. Notable articles in this issue are:

    ...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Dignity/Central PA, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Central PA Gay Alliance, PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN)

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - December 1981

GSH Newsletter - November 1981

Date: November 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "San Francisco Olympics"
  • "New Newsletter"
  • "Students Talk Back" presents letters on human...

Collection: LGBT-061 - Kreitzer

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - November 1981

GSH Newsletter - October 1981

Date: October 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "That Rabbit's in Love" (p. 1)
  • "Williamsport Support Group" (p. 2)
  • "Harrisburg MCC is 1" (p. 3...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), West Branch Gay Support Network (WBGSN), MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - October 1981

GSH Newsletter - September 1981

Date: September 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Notable articles in this issue are:

  • "Gay by Birthright" (p. 1)
  • "Switchboard Elections" (p. 4)
  • "Co-Director Mr. Buns" (p. 4)
  • "...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Dignity/Central PA, Pennsmen Inc.

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - September 1981

GSH Newsletter - August 1981

Date: August 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "Lesbian Support Group" (p. 1)
  • "Christmas Card Support" (p. 1)
  • "From God Part II" (p. 3)
  • ...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Lesbian Support Group

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - August 1981

GSH Newsletter - July 1981

Date: July 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "Summer Picnic" (p. 1)
  • "Switchboard Moves" (p. 1)
  • "Fr. Swady Challenges Myths" (p. 3)

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - July 1981

GSH Newsletter - June 1981

Date: June 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Notable articles in this issue are:

  • "A Rose" [La Rose Rouge] (p. 1)
  • "Switchboard Summer Picnic" (p. 1)
  • "June 30 - ERA Rally" (p. 3)...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Harrisburg NOW, Dignity/Central PA, PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN), MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - June 1981

GSH Newsletter - May 1981

Date: May 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "New Officers in June" (p. 1)
  • "Treasurer Stays" (p. 1)
  • "Flea Mrkt. June 6" (p. 3)
  • "MCC...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Dignity/Central PA, MCC Harrisburg, PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN), Pennsmen Inc.

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - May 1981

"That Rabbit" Performance Flyer - April 11, 1981

Date: April 11, 1981

Flyer advertising the performance of "That Rabbit" sponsored by the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg on April 11, 1981 at the Friends' Meeting House in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-061 - Kreitzer

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH)

View Item: PDF icon "That Rabbit" Performance Flyer - April 11, 1981

GSH Newsletter - April 1981

Date: April 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "Flea Market May 23" (p. 1)
  • "Gay Pride Celeb'tn" (p. 2)
  • "What's going on?" (p. 4)

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics: US House Resolution 166, US House Resolution 26

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Dignity/Central PA, MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - April 1981

GSH Newsletter - March 1981

Date: March 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Notable articles in this issue are:

  • "Anniversary Party, April 26" (p. 1)
  • "Harrisburg Gay Switchboard Presents 'That Rabbit'" (p. 1)
  • "...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics: US House Resolution 166

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Dignity/Central PA, Pennsmen Inc.

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - March 1981

Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH) Newsletter - February 1981

Date: February 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Noteworthy articles in this issue are:

  • "Membership?" 
  • "[Constitution] Admended Feb. 1"
  • "MCC in Hbg."
  • "You're Fired!"
  • ...

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)

View Item: PDF icon Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH) Newsletter - February 1981

GSH Newsletter - January 1981

Date: January 1981

The GSH Newsletter is an outreach feature of the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg. Notable articles in this issue are:

  • "81 Officers"
  • "In the Red"
  • "8 Resolutions"
  • "81 Training"

Collection: LGBT-030 - Riese

Topics: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN)

View Item: PDF icon GSH Newsletter - January 1981

Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg brochure - 1979

Date: 1979

Pamphlet and organizational document that explains the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg’s mission, background, funding, call-in categories, and call statistics.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Library

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN), National Gay Task Force (NGTF), Dignity/Central PA, Central PA Gay Alliance, Parents of Gays

View Item: PDF icon Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg brochure - 1979

"That Rabbit's in Love" Performance Flyer - November 14 [circa 1980]

Date: November 14 [circa 1980]

Flyer advertising the performance of "That Rabbit's in Love" sponsored by the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg.

Collection: LGBT-061 - Kreitzer

Topics:

Organizations: Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH)

View Item: PDF icon "That Rabbit's in Love" Performance Flyer - November 14 [circa 1980]

Dignity/Central PA Brochure - undated

Date: undated

Dignity/Central PA brochure explaining the mission of this Harrisburg, PA chapter of the national Dignity organization. This local chapter was founded in 1975.

Collection: LGBT-036 - Valerio

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Dignity/Central PA Brochure - undated

Membership Application (Dignity/Central PA) - undated

Date: undated

Membership Application for Dignity/Central PA.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Membership Application (Dignity/Central PA) - undated

Welcome to the Tenth Anniversary Dinner and Celebration (Dignity/Central PA) - July 20, 1985

Date: July 20,1985

Dignity/Central PA Tenth Anniversary Dinner Celebration event timeline with names of guest speakers.

Collection: LGBT-036 - Valerio

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Welcome to the Tenth Anniversary Dinner and Celebration (Dignity/Central PA) - July 20, 1985

"Proud of our Past...Preparing for the Future" Celebrating a Decade of Ministry (Dignity/Central PA) - July 20, 1985

Date: July 1985

Program of 10 year anniversary celebration of Dignity/Central PA. The program summarizes the history of the organization, its services, supporters, and affiliations.

Collection: LGBT-053 - Hause

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon "Proud of our Past...Preparing for the Future" Celebrating a Decade of Ministry (Dignity/Central PA) - July 20, 1985

"Celebrating Us" Program (Dignity/Central PA) - June 4, 1983

Date: June 4, 1983

Dinner program put together by Dignity/Central PA for a celebration of the organization.

Collection: LGBT-053 - Hause

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), National Gay Task Force (NGTF)

View Item: PDF icon "Celebrating Us" Program (Dignity/Central PA) - June 4, 1983

Keystone (Dignity/Central PA) - July/August 1982

Date: July/August 1982

Keystone is an educational and communication feature of Dignity/Central PA Inc. Noteworthy articles in this issue:

  • "From the President" (p. 1)
  • "Elections" (p. 1)
  • "The Closet as Killer" (p. 5)...

Collection: LGBT-061 - Kreitzer

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Gay Alcoholics Anonymous, West Branch Gay Support Network (WBGSN), PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN), Pennsmen Inc.

View Item: PDF icon Keystone (Dignity/Central PA) - July/August 1982

The Calendar (Dignity/Central PA) - June to August 1982

Date: June to August 1982

Calendar of events hosted by Dignity/Central PA during the Summer of 1982.

Collection: LGBT-036 - Valerio

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA, Dignity/Central PA Liturgy Committee, Parents of Gays

View Item: PDF icon The Calendar (Dignity/Central PA) - June to August 1982

The Calendar (Dignity/Central PA) - March to May 1982

Date: March to May 1982

Calendar of events hosted by Dignity/Central PA during the Spring of 1982.

Collection: LGBT-036 - Valerio

Topics:

Organizations: Dignity/Central PA, Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg (GSH), Dignity/Central PA Liturgy Committee

View Item: PDF icon The Calendar (Dignity/Central PA) - March to May 1982

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