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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Amanda Porter and Lehigh Valley Renaissance Brochures

Date: undated

Amanda Porter was born in 1950 in Lansdale, PA and was assigned male at birth. She attended Grove City College, receiving her BA in History, and enrolled in ROTC. After college, she joined the Air Force, and after being discharged attended Temple...

Collection: LGBT-069 - Porter

Topics: Transgender Experiences

Organizations: Renaissance Transgender Association Lehigh Valley Chapter

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Date: 1940 - 2017

Joseph F. Christ was born in 1927 with Klinefelter Syndrome and assigned male at birth. The seventh of eight children, Christ was placed into an orphanage during the Great Depression until the age 18. Two weeks later, Christ was drafted into the...

Collection: LGBT-068 - Anonymous

Topics: Klinefelter Syndrome

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Date: 2017

Katie Ward was born in 1952 and assigned male at birth. She was drafted after graduating from high school, and spent 22 years in military service, including active duty on a nuclear submarine in the Navy and Air Force National Guard. After Ward...

Collection: LGBT-067 - Ward

Topics: Transgender Experiences

Organizations: TransCentral PA

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Date: 2017

Sophie Kandler was born in Spring City, PA in 1966. After graduating from high school, Sophie attended Drexel University, but transferred after two years to Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with a degree in Secondary Education in...

Collection: LGBT-066 - Kandler

Topics: Transgender Experiences

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PA Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorities Embosser with leather case

Date: circa 1976

This collection contains an embosser for the PA Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorities. The council was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that...

Collection: LGBT-063 - PA State Archives Transfer

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

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Rainbow Chains

Date: circa 1995

Two rainbow chain necklaces. 

Collection: LGBT-035 Anonymous Collection

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Central PA Vipers Sweatshirt

Date: 2006

Central PA Vipers dark blue sweatshirt. The front has the Viper's logo, and the back says in white font "Women's Semi Pro Football No Limits - No Boundaries." 

Collection: LGBT-032 - Snowden

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Handmade Chain Harness Vest

Date: 1990

 

Handmade chain vest created by Thomas Pfeiffer for Pennsman Inc.

Collection: LGBT-017 - Pfeiffer

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Central PA Vipers Gym Shorts

Date: 2006

The Central PA Vipers', a women's semiprofessional full contact football team, dark blue gym shorts with logo.

Collection: LGBT-032 - Snowden

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STUDS Magazine T-shirt

Date: 2006

A white STUDS Magainze t-shirt with "Handsomely Beautiful Men" logo. 

Collection: LGBT-032 - Snowden

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Neptune's Lounge Matchbook

Date: circa 1972

White matchbook from the Netpunes Lounge in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-006 - Anonymous

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La Rose Rogue Matchbook

Date: circa 1978

Red matchbook from La Rose Rouge in Harrisburg, PA

Collection: LGBT-006 - Anonymous

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Club 1031 Matchbook

Date: circa 1975

White matchbok from Club 1031 in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-006 - Anonymous

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Speaking out for Equality Pin

Date: circa 1990

A black and white pin depicting a protest. The pin reads in white and yellow text on a purple back ground "Speaking out for Equality," and then in smaller text under that, "The constitution, Gay Rights & The Supreme Court."

Collection: LGBT-013 - Selvey

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Neptune's Lounge Matchbook

Date: circa 1972

White and blue matchbooks from the Neptune's Lounge in Harrisburg, PA.

Collection: LGBT-013 - Selvey

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Lily White & Company T-Shirt (pink)

Date: circa 1990

Pink Lily White & Company T-Shirt.

Founded by Paul Foltz in 1982, Lily White and Company was a south central Pennsylvania organization composed of entertainers and female impersonators. Lily White and Company produced numerous shows...

Collection: LGBT-013 - Selvey

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Stallions Matchbook (black)

Date: circa 1985

Three matchbooks from Stallions in Harrisburg, PA, two silver, one black. Both the black and silver matchbooks are identical except for the colors.

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer

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Stonewall Matchbook

Date: circa 1990

A black matchbook with silver text from Stonewall in Allentown, Pa.

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer

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The Cartwheel Night Club & Restaurant Matchbook

Date: circa 1990

A white matchbox from The Cartwheel Night Club & Restaurant in New Hope, Pa.

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer

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The Courtyard Matchbook

Date: circa 1990

Two empty white matchbooks from The Courtyard, a Women's Bar on the top floor of Stallions, and was considered "The Woman's Bar of the 90's."

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer

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Liquid 891 Business Card

Date: 2000

Buisness card for Liquid 891, a lesbian bar in Harrisburg, PA. 

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer

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Harrisburg Men's Chorus Sweatshirt

Date: 1990

A creneck sweatshirt for the Harrisburg Men's Chorus.

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer

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Organizations: Harrisburg Men's Chorus

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Hand Made Leather Stud Spats

Date: 1990

Two handmade, black leather spats covered in metal studs created by Thomas Pfeiffer for Pennsman Inc.

Collection: LGBT-017 - Pfeiffer

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Organizations: Pennsmen Inc.

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Neptune's Lounge Wooden Buffalo Nickels

Date: 1977

Wooden nickeles from the Neptune's Lounge in Harrisburg, PA. 

Collection: LGBT-015 - Barns

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Dignity Pin - 1985

Date: 1985

Pin with Dignity/Central PA's logo. Dignity/Central PA is a forum for human concerns, a place of seeking for greater self, knowledge, and wisdom, an affirmation of one's sexual orientation in faith, and personal ministry.

Collection: LGBT-015 - Barns

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