Securing our past while planning the future

The GLBT Historical Society achieved a major goal this month with the recent move of our treasured archives to a new and expanded space in the mid-Market neighborhood of San Francisco.

So many people contributed time, energy and resources to make this move possible. In particular, I want to give a big shout-out to a few unsung heroes who made it possible: outgoing board member and archives working group chair Al Bersch, board co-chair Brian Turner, managing archivist Joanna Black, and move manager Ramon Silvestre. We deeply appreciate their dedication to the cause of protecting LGBTQ history.

The move to the new space at 989 Market Street also was made possible by contributions from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program of the Northern California Community Loan Fund, the GLBT Historical Society Board of Directors, the Excelerate Foundation, the Horizons Foundation, and — most importantly — 202 individual contributors to our Indiegogo campaign.

Thank you, all! Your support has ushered in a new era for the GLBT Historical Society. We’re especially delighted that we finally have room to grow — and we’re committed to using this opportunity to strengthen the diversity of our collections, especially by expanding our documentation of the lives of people of color, women, and other groups underrepresented in the archives.

To celebrate, we want to invite all our members and all the donors to our Indiegogo campaign to a special hard-hat preview of the new archives on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Managing archivist Joanna Black will be leading tours at the start of each hour. If you’re a member or a donor, please reserve a place (access code: GLBTHistory).

If you can’t make it to the preview, don’t worry. We’ll soon be settled in to the new archives space. The reading room will be open by appointment to researchers and other visitors in three or four weeks.

Executive Director Terry Beswick

Watch your e-mail for another special announcement later this month. We plan to share our vision for an exciting new long-term project that will fully showcase LGBTQ history and culture in San Francisco for generations to come. As with the archives move, your support will be one of the keys to its success.

Happy Pride, everyone!