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Preservation Maryland will host a public forum and listening session about LGBTQ history in Maryland on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 6PM to 8PM at the AIA Maryland storefront in Annapolis.

Everyone is welcome to attend and are encouraged to come prepared to discuss local spots, like libraries, bars, churches, clinics, and private homes, that have been important in their own lives and to the lives of LGBTQ people in Maryland.

Learn more at: https://www.preservationmaryland.org/programs/six-to-fix/projects/new-projects/documenting-lgbtq-history/.


As a part of our ongoing work in LGBTQ history, Preservation Maryland will host five public listening sessions across the state during Pride Month to help inform a forthcoming context study on LGBTQ history across the state. Preservation Maryland received funding from the Maryland Historical Trust to conduct a statewide historic context report on the important places and themes of LGBTQ life in Maryland. Dr. Susan Ferentinos, a leading LGBTQ public history, will be conducting the research including leading these sessions as a way to hear directly from community members about the places that are significant to local LGBTQ history. Those places will be recorded in a master list of properties and may become part of the context study expected in November.


Preservation Maryland has brought on consultant Dr. Susan Ferentinos, author of “Interpreting LGBT History at Historic Sites and Museums,” to research a first-of-its-kind historic context report on place-based LGBTQ history across Maryland. During the meeting, Dr. Ferentinos will introduce the project and its goals, followed by ample time for attendees to discuss their stories and help both identify potential sites for inclusion in the study and to build a better understanding of sites already included.


Preservation Maryland is not a collecting organization, so wereervation  ask that participants refrain from bringing any objects or ephemera. Should you want to donate materials, we encourage you to connect with the Maryland Historical Society or a local library/archive/museum. We do, however, encourage participants to come prepared to discuss local spots that have been important in their own lives and to the lives of LGBTQ people in their area.


Maryland LGBTQ History Listening Session in Takoma Park
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 10AM-12PM
Historic Takoma Inc., 7328 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Hosted in partnership with Historic Takoma

Maryland LGBTQ History Listening Session in Salisbury
Monday, June 10, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Salisbury University Downtown Art Gallery
212 W Main St, Salisbury, MD 21801
Hosted in partnership with Salisbury PFLAG

Maryland LGBTQ History Listening Session in Frederick
Tuesday, June 11, 6PM-8PM
Frederick Visitor’s Center
151 S. East St, Frederick, MD, 21701

Maryland LGBTQ History Listening Session in Baltimore
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Chase Brexton Health Care
1111 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201