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A Research Experience

By Wendy Lu (WU Class of 2018) on April 26, 2017

by Wendy Lu (WU Class 2018) As a research assistant on the Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project, I have been conducting archival research in the Special Collections Department here on Washington University’s campus. I’ve been going through several boxes from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri and researchin...

Fast-forwarding through history: reflections from a researcher

By Kristi Hagen (WU Class of 2018) on April 14, 2017

by Kristi Hagen (WU Class of 2018) I joined the Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project in the fall of 2016, kicking off my work with a tour of the Central West End with Ian Darnell. I’m currently a junior majoring in anthropology, and minoring in history. I had taken Queer Histories with Professor Fried...

Washington Park Cemetery Exhibit Opens March 3

By Julie Hale on February 28, 2017

The opening for “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place” is Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard. This multimedia exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large-scale, color landscape photog...

Unusual Sources

By Miranda Rectenwald on December 5, 2016

Recently the national podcast  Criminal  visited the WU library.  This audio documentary program was researching The Evening Whirl — one of the archival sources being consulted in Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.   The Evening Whirl is an unique St. Louis newspaper (still in publication) publishing...

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on November 2, 2016

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib: Ciao! Magazine Profiles the Gateway City In June 1974, Ciao!, a pioneering gay travel magazine, published an article on St. Louis. The piece and accompanying photographs offer a fascinating snapshot of the Gateway City in the era of gay liberation. &...