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SPOTLIGHT: NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project
The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project aims to identify and evaluate historic sites associated with the city's LGBT community that have long been overlooked. According to their website, "of the over 80,000 listed sites [on the National Register of Historic Places], only ten have been included for their primary association with LGBT history." This ambitious project established in 2015 will illustrate both the richness of the city's LGBT history as well as the community's significant contributions to New York and American history. Documented historic sites include performance venues, activist locations, residences of notable LGBT figures, and important social centers such as bars, clubs, and community gathering spaces.
With over 500 historic sites already identified, in the near future, the Project's website will feature an interactive and extensive map featuring a preliminary selection of 100 diverse sites, with more to be added in subsequent phases. The Project is supported by the National Park Service Underrepresented Communities Grant, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and numerous other corporate and nonprofit partners.
|Alice Austen House in Staten Island
(NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is highlighting the life of Alice Austen and partner of 50 years, Gertrude Tate)
Most recently, The Project has offered a number of exciting and engaging public programs including: Making the Invisible Visible: Documenting NYC's Place-Based LGBT Cultural Heritage in partnership with the New York Public Library andBeyond Stonewall: Recognizing Historic and Cultural Sites in New York State Related to the LGBT Community at the Preservation50: New York State Preservation Conference in Albany.
The Neighborhood Preservation Center is proud to co-sponsor a public program with the Project in the late Fall to help announce the launch of the interactive map. Stay tuned for more information.