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January 14, 2020

Marie DiFava was born in Lebanon County in 1953 and grew up in a troubled Italian home. She graduated from high school and attended nursing school, but after burning out from her job and schooling, she dropped out, married, and had three children...

York Hospice House Flyer
1991-1995

Joy (Ufema) Counsel was raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania. After completing high school, (Ufema) Counsel began studying to become a nurse at the Altoona Hospital, and later completed a nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College....

Lebanon County Lesbians Newsletters
1987-2019

Maria DiFava was born in Lebanon County, PA in 1953. She graduated from high school and attended nursing school and ultimately became an EMT volunteer. She later worked as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service. Marie married and had three...

SCAAN Annual Report Newsletter
1990-1995

Margaret “Peg” Dierkers was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1957. She earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ohio State University and eventually enrolled in a doctoral program in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State...

Dan Miller Campaign flier and pin
1992 - 2013

Dan Miller was born in 1956 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA in Accounting from Elizabethtown College, later going on to get his MA in Finance from Penn State University. In October of 1990, after working for Donald L. DeMuth...

Collection: LGBT-007 - Miller

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Here's How Newletter
1977-1980

Dan Maneval was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1947. Maneval’s activism included the founding of the Homophiles of Williamsport (HOW), the West Branch Gay Support Network, Susquehanna Lambda, Susquehanna Valley Gays United, and...

Susquehanna Valley Gays United Banner
1961-2015

Sam Edmiston was born on July 17, 1945 in Middleburg, PA. In the April of 1963, Edmiston enrolled in the US Navy, and three weeks after his graduation, went to the Keel United States Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois for recruitment...

LGBT History Project: LGBT-074 Anthony Silvestre Collection
1973 - 1985

Anthony Silvestre was born in 1946 in the Bronx in New York. He finished his final year of college at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and then attended Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) as a graduate student.

Silvestre was...

March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation 1993 Shirt and Rainbow Flag
1993 - 1994, 2000

The t-shirts and flags in this collection were donated by Gerald Vath, who attended the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation in 1993 and the Millennium March on Washington in 2000. Vath wore these t-shirts and...

Collection: LGBT-018 - Vath

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Unity Festival and AIDS Walk T-shirts
1984-1996

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, where he joined SCAAN, the South Central Aids Assistance Network,...

Fall Achievement Benefit (FAB) Stationary Paper
circa 2000-2005

This collection contains stationary paper and envelopes for two funds and one event with which The Foundation for Enhancing Communities(TFEC) was involved. TFEC is a community foundation that serves the greater Harrisburg, PA area; Dillsburg, PA...

Stuffed Frog from Bi-GLYAH fundraiser
circa 1995

Sharon Mahar Potter was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Scranton, PA. She began commuting to Harrisburg, PA for the first time when she was offered a position to build the early intervention system for disabled children in the city. Profoundly...

 Dignity and Pink Triangle Pins
1976-1983

This collection contains monthly newsletters produced by the Gay Switchboard of Harrisburg in 1981, and an assortment of buttons documenting LGBTQ+ events and issues.

Marriage Equality Button
circa 2010

Founded by Andrew Park in 1996 as the Center of Lesbian and Gay rights, Equality Pennsylvania (PA) is an organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and legislation throughout the state.

PA Gay and Lancaster City Human Relations Commission Pins
undated

Mark Stoner was born in 1959, grew up, and currently lives in Lancaster, PA, 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 became involved in Lancaster’...

Local Programs
1998-2008

This collection contains newsletters published between 1998 and 2004 by the Lower Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the Renaissance Education Association, Inc., a non-profit transgender support organization. These materials also include programs from...

One Day Patch
circa 2000

Melinda Eash is a child psychologist and LBGTQ+ rights ally. After encountering a gay patient in her psychologist practice, Eash began teaching herself about LGBTQ+ youth. She contacted and began attending the local LGBTQ+ youth group, and became...

Lily White & Company Promotional Material
1982-1997

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 and performances throughout central Pennsylvania...

ROSE Newsletters
2007-2012

This collection contains chapter information regarding the Southern Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Renaissance Education Association, Inc. (ROSE), a non-profit transgender support organization. This collection also includes newsletters...

Keystone Conference Program, 2018
2018

The Keystone Conference is a program for transgender individuals and their allies that has been held annually in Pennsylvania since 2009. The items in this collection include programs from previous conferences and vendor materials from the 2018...

History of the Lavender Letter - undated
undated

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...

Collection: LGBT-022 - Kujawa

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LGBT History Project: LGBT-046 Joy Verner Collection
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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LGBT History Project: LGBT-054 Martha ''Marty'' Tornblom Collection
1987 - 2007

Marths ''Marty'' Tornblom was born in Utah and was raised in the greater Salt Lake City area as a member of the Mormon Church. She decided to get a degree in education, which led her to teaching. She moved with her family to Harrisburg in 1980,...

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

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

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