Project Update – Fall 2016

The Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Project is happy to welcome three new undergraduate researchers to our team –  Kristi Hagen, Molly Brodsky, and Jennifer Chen.

Our semester’s work began September 23 with an orientation session at Olin Library.  Ian Darnell presented on the overall story of St. Louis LGBTQ  history, and Andrea Friedman and Miranda Rectenwald discussed the research procedures being implemented for the project.  Then on Saturday morning Kristi, Molly, and Jennifer met with Ian for a tour of the Central West End and got an on the ground look at significant locations in LGBTQ St. Louis history.

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Kristi Hagen, Jennifer Chen, and Molly Brodsky on a tour of the Central West End. At Olive and Taylor. Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, longtime site of Miss Fannie’s ball, in the background. September 24, 2016 (Photo by Ian Darnell)

This semester Molly and Kristi are working on identifying locations and historical information in  local gay and lesbian publications, such as The Gay News-Telegraph.  Jennifer is working on organizing data collected this summer in preparation for GIS encoding to occur this winter/early spring.

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About the author

Miranda Rectenwald is Curator of Local History, Washington University Special Collections. More info.