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Handmade Chain Harness Vest
1990-1992

This collection of material reflects Thomas Pfeiffer’s involvement in the Lily White and Company drag troupe in Harrisburg, PA and The Pennsmen Inc., a group of LGBT people with a common interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle.

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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Certificate of Holy Union
1978-1885

These materials document the holy union of Nancy Datres and Riitta Lukkari. They also contain court documents and a photograph dealing with harassment Datres and Lukkari experienced from their neighbors.

Central PA Womyn's Chorus Concert Flyer
1996-2007

These materials document LGBT programs and events in Central PA, such as Pride Festivals, the annual FAB Fall Achievement Benefit, and Lily White and Company performances. This collection also includes items from Pennsylvania bars.

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,...

A Tribute to the Past 40 Years of Music Program
1987, 2008

Paul Foltz grew up in Steelton, PA. After college, Foltz began studying theatre in England. It was here that Foltz discovered a strong and open LGBTQ+ community. When he returned to the United States, he became involved in Pennsylvania’s LGBTQA...

Collection: LGBT-093 - Foltz

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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...

Pennsmen Bolo Tie, Belt Buckle, and Pin
undated

Twaddle was a member of The Pennsmen, a group of LGBT people with a common interest in the leather/fetish lifestyle, for approximately 12 years. This collection consists of artifacts from his time in The Pennsmen. The artifacts...

Passover Program from Dignity/Central PA
1985-1999

Steven Leshner became a member of Dignity/Central PA, a Catholic organization for LGBTQ+ individuals that has been active in the Harrisburg, PA area since 1976, in the 1970s, where he participated in events and activities, as well as became part...

 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...

Voycemail Release Announcement and ''The Touch'' sticker
2000-2014

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...

Rainbow Chain
undated

This collection holds two rainbow chains donated by an anonymous donor.

Collection: LGBT-035 Anonymous Collection

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LGBT History Project: LGBT-042 Jack Radcliffe Collection
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.

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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DVD Mix Tapes
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 - Anonymous

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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...

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