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OPEN HOUSE Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives


Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives
Saturday, March 18
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
GLBT Historical Society Archives
989 Market St., Lower Level, San Francisco
Admission: Free

Managing archivist Joanna Black in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. Photo by Gerard Koskovich.

The GLBT Historical Society preserves one of the world’s largest collections of LGBTQ historical materials. The archives are used by historians, writers, filmmakers and others researchers, yet they remain little known to the wider community. This special open house will offer members of the public a behind-the-scenes tour, including a rare opportunity to visit the archival reserve normally accessible only to Historical Society staff.

Managing archivist Joanna Black will provide an introduction to the collections and the function of the archives. Visitors also will have a chance to see highlights from the holdings that have never before been displayed publicly. Guided tours of the archives will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a free ticket, RSVP no later than 3:00 p.m. on March 17 via Eventbrite.

Workshop: Up the Zines!

Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.
GLBT Historical Society Archives  |  989 Market St., Lower Level  |  San Francisco

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July is International Zine Month! To celebrate, we invite you to join an interactive zine workshop led by Archives Assistant Alex Barrows at our newly opened facility on Market Street.

Zines are self-published works that are easy to make and that serve as alternatives to commercial publishing. They form invaluable sources for processing, asserting and researching sexual and gender identities. Collecting, trading and reviewing zines also fosters community. While the feminist zines of the riot grrrl movement have garnered much scholarly attention in the past several years, this workshop focuses more widely on zines as spaces for multiple gender and sexual identities.

First, we’ll hear tips of the trade from publishing experts Ocean Capwell, Nia King, Queer Anxiety Babiez and Larry-Bob Roberts. During the second part of the workshop, the archives staff will review the basics of zine-making. Workshop participants will create a one-time compilation zine to be preserved and accessible in the GLBT Historical Society Archives. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own supplies to use and share, as well as any of their own LGBTQI-related zines they wish to donate to the archives.

Fee: $5.00; reservations required. The workshop offers a hands-on experience, so only 20 tickets are available. Grab yours now!