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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The Scroll (MCC Harrisburg) - September 1977

Date: September 1977

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon The Scroll (MCC Harrisburg) - September 1977

The Link (MCC Harrisburg) - March 1982

Date: March 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Pennsmen Inc., Pennsylvania NOW, Parents of Gays, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon The Link (MCC Harrisburg) - March 1982

The Link (MCC Harrisburg) - January/February 1982

Date: January/February 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Lancaster, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), PA Lesbian/Gay Support Network (PALGSN)

View Item: PDF icon The Link (MCC Harrisburg) - January/February 1982

MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - March 1982

Date: March 1982

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Lancaster, MCC Williamsport

View Item: PDF icon MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - March 1982

MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - September 1981

Date: September 1981

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, MCC Philadelphia

View Item: PDF icon MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - September 1981

MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - August 1981

Date: August 1981

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - August 1981

MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - June/July 1981

Date: June/July 1981

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg, Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - June/July 1981

MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - May 1981

Date: May 1981

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - May 1981

MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - April 1981

Date: April 1981

Founded in 1968 in California, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) began as a Christian outreach to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. MCC Harrisburg (later renamed MCC of the Spirit) and MCC Lancaster (later renamed...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: MCC Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon MCC Harrisburg Newsletter - April 1981

LGBT History Project: LGBT-042 Jack Radcliffe Collection

Date: 1994 - 1997

Jack Radcliffe is a photographer known for his emotionally powerful photography. This collection is a compilation of Photographic Prints and Negatives that Radcliffe took of Lily White & Company as promotional material.

Collection: LGBT-042 - Radcliffe

Topics:

Organizations: Lily White & Company

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-042 Jack Radcliffe Collection

LGBT History Project: LGBT-084 Altland's Ranch Collection

Date: 1985 - 2016

Opened in 1966 in the small town of Spring Grove, PA, Altland’s Ranch was the first official LGBTQ+ bar in the York area, and was the longest running LGBTQ+ bar in the county. Altland’s Ranch was abspace for the LGBTQ+ community to make their own...

Collection: LGBT-084 - Altland's Ranch

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-084 Altland's Ranch Collection

LGBT History Project: LGBT-080 Peg & Delma Welch Collection

Date: 1989 - 2013

Peg (Stoppard) Welch was born in December 1951 near Chester County, Pennsylvania. Peg was a young mother of two and worked at various jobs until joining Parents Without Partners where she met her second husband, Phil. With his help, Peg was able...

Collection: LGBT-080 - Welch

Topics: Human Relations Ordinance

Organizations: York Area LAMBDA, The Names Project

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-080 Peg & Delma Welch Collection

DVD Mix Tapes

Date: 1981 - 1988

These audio recordings are copies of mixed tapes that a Harrisburg resident made in the 1980s for the former La Rose Rouge Bar at 400 North Second Street.

Collection: LGBT-047 Collection

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-047 Collection

LGBT History Project: LGBT-046 Joy Verner Collection

Date: 1997, 2012, 2014

Joy Verner was born in 1963 and grew up in Franklin, PA. She relocated to Central PA to attend graduate school at Shippensburg University and performed her practicums at Dickinson College in the early 1990s. In 2008, Verner became a full-time...

Collection: LGBT-046 - Verner

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Organizations:

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-046 Joy Verner Collection

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - January 1980

Date: January 1980

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - January 1980

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - November 1979

Date: November 1979

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events. For this newsletter, a...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - November 1979

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - May 1979

Date: May 1979

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA), Homophiles of Penn State (HOPS)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - May 1979

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - April 1979

Date: April 1979

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - April 1979

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - March 1979

Date: March 1979

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Lesbian Herstory Archives, Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - March 1979

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - February 1979

Date: February 1979

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events. In this newsletter, it...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - February 1979

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - November 10, 1978

Date: November 10, 1978

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events. In this newsletter it is...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Proposition 6 (California)

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - November 10, 1978

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - October 1978

Date: October 1978

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - October 1978

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Human Rights Rally Flyer - September 24, 1978

Date: September 24, 1978

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. This flyer was created to invite members to peacefully rally at the Bloomsburg State Fair. 

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA), Northeastern PA Coalition for Human Rights (NPCHR)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Human Rights Rally Flyer - September 24, 1978

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - August 1978

Date: August 1978

Founded in the early 1970’s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - August 1978

Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - July 1978

Date: July 1978

Founded in the early 1970s, Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) was a major LGBTQ+ group in northeast Pennsylvania. The newsletter was used to relay monthly meeting minutes and information about upcoming events.

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: Northeastern PA Gay Alliance (NEPGA)

View Item: PDF icon Northeast Pennsylvania Gay Alliance (NEPGA) Newsletter - July 1978

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