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Pennsylvania Rural Gay Caucus contingent poses with their banner at the Philadelphia Gay Pride Parade, 1976. Photo by Bari Lee Weaver.

The History Project is mostly volunteer-run, governed by a Steering Committee as a partnership between the LGBT Center of Central PA and the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections.


  • Seek out individuals living in central Pennsylvania, or who have previously lived in central Pennsylvania, who are LGBTQ+ or allies, who are willing to share their stories and/or archival materials and artifacts related to LGBTQ+ history in central Pennsylvania.
  • Train volunteers and interns to conduct oral history interviews, do transcriptions of interviews and assist in the collection and processing of archival and artifact collections.
  • Reference our collections to research and develop the stories of LGBTQ+ history in central Pennsylvania.
  • Research to develop exhibits and programs that interpret and tell the stories of LGBTQ+ history in central Pennsylvania and present them to the public.
  • Develop publications, including an upcoming book, Out in the Hinterland: Creating a LGBT Community in the Heart of Pennsylvania, anticipated for release in 2019 by Penn State University Press.


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