Business and Commerce

Memorabilia from Larry Wilson
1972 - 2013

These materials document several LGBTQ+ bars that operated in the Harrisburg, PA area, namely The Archives Nightclub and Restaurant (1983), La Rose Rouge (1978-1992), Neptune’s Lounge (1972), and the Shadows bar (1980-1984). These items take the...

Gay Era (Lancaster, PA) - September 27, 1977
September 27, 1977

Letter from Gay Era editors informing readers that the September and October issues will not be availible due to printing issues.

Pride '79 Exhibit and Sponsorship Forms - October 19 - 21, 1979
October 19 - 21, 1979

Exhibit Booth and Program Sponsor reservation forms for Pride '79, a statewide gay rights conference.  

Rainbow Mountain Resort Information for Pride '82 - 1982

Publicity materials for the Rainbow Mountain Resort where Pride '82 was hosted. 

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns



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Pride '82 Exhibit Information Form - August 27 - 29, 1982
August 27 - 29, 1982

Exhibit Booth registraion form for Pride '82, a statewide gay rights conference. 

"Lily White and Company and Positively HIV, Inc." Brochure - circa 1990

Advertising brochure from the partnership of Lily White and Company and positively hiv, inc. Advertises items to be bought from the HIVnALIVE gift shop, sponsored by positively hiv, inc. Proceeds to go to Lily White and Company.

Lavender Letter (Harrisburg, PA) - August 1990
August 1990

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...

"Miss Lily Wants You" flyers - 1992

Flyer advertisement asking people to become involved in the company. Ways to be involved include: Publicity, Fundraising, Performing, Added to Mailing List, Administrative Volunteer, and Backstage Crew.

The Pride Newsletter - May/June 1994
May/June 1994

The Pride Festival of Central PA is an annual event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in the Central Pennsylvania region. Founded in 1992, the festival takes place every year on the last Saturday of July in the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania....

Liquid 891 Business Card

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

Collection: LGBT-023 - Maurer



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LGBT History Project Logo
October 13, 2014

James “Jim” Bortzfield was born in Lancaster, PA in 1934. He received his undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College as a business major. Upon graduation, Jim moved to Harrisburg to work as a buyer for Pomeroy’s, but after several years he...

Ray Davis
April 15, 2015

Ray Davis was born on April 30th, 1954 in Bethlehem, PA. After attending Catholic school, Ray went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. After moving to...

LGBT History Project Logo
January 16, 2016

Nancy Helm was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania and graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1981. After graduating she worked for a printing company and did other odd jobs before opening a hair salon with her partner. Not long after that she...

Collection: LGBT Oral History



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Jude Sharp
August 22, 2016

Jude Sharp was born in November of 1947 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She then attended the Tyler College of Art and studied the art of making jewelry. When she was 21, Jude married...

Collection: LGBT Oral History



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LGBT History Project Logo
January 30, 2017

Gary Hufford (born 1952) and George Centini (born March 11, 1937) are a married couple living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In this interview, George and Gary recount their time in the gay bar and restaurant business. Both grew up in the restaurant...

Tammy del Sol
April 20, 2017

Tammy del Sol was born in 1963. In this oral history, she discusses her college experience at several institutions, playing racquetball, her father’s (now her own) dental practice, her close-knit family, her artistic side, her...

LGBT History Project Logo
June 1, 2017

David Leas was born in 1955 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. He comes from a working class family and described the sense of independence he got from his first job as busboy for the Accomac Inn. This job lead to a foray into the restaurant business,...

LGBT History Project Logo
August 6, 2017

Harry Long was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1951 and attended Lebanon High School. After attending Millersville State College, now Millersville University, and becoming involved with an underground newspaper, Harry began his career of working...

Collection: LGBT Oral History



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Lily White and Company "Tips for Success" - undated

Tips on how to fundraise successfully created by Lily White and C0mpany. Suggestions include: Dinner/Theater Shows, Favorite Bartender Contests, Lily Bucks, Program Booklets, Underwriter and Patron Seating, and Brochures. 

LGBT History Project Logo
March 6, 2021

Sabrina Dare-Bledsoe was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1960. She grew up in a large family of entrepreneurs and bar owners, whom she worked alongside as a child and teenager. Her father, Stuart Withero Dare, inherited and ran The Clock Bar...

Voycemail Release Announcement and ''The Touch'' sticker

Shaashawn Dial is as a poet, radio broadcaster, educator, author, and businesswoman. Kown as Shaashawn “The Voyce” Dial, and she released her debut spoken word album, Voycemail, after that nickname. Dial became the program director of 1400 THE...

Central PA Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Brochures and Programs
1997 - 2012

The Central Pennsylvania Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CPGLCC) was established in 2007. It grew out of The Business Association of Gays and Lesbians (BAGAL), which was established in the 1990s by Dan Miller. Miller wanted to create an...

AIDS Community Alliance Brochures
1995 - 2005

This collection contains material related to the establishment of the LGBT Center of Central PA and the activities of the AIDS Community Alliance. It also includes a 1995-1996 Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Harrisburg directory, a flyer for the...

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