St. Louis History

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Is Now Online

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 11, 2017

http://library.wustl.edu/map-lgbtq-stl   Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is a digital interactive map exploring how the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer communities have changed over time, from the end of World War II in 1945 through the passage of St. Louis city’s first gay an...

Letter to ONE, from St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 16, 2017

In 1958, a St. Louis resident who identified himself as “Mr. H” wrote to the editors of ONE, the first LGBTQ magazine ever published in the United States. Below is the text of his letter: Dear Don Slater: I am writing you to tell of the good that I am getting out of ONE. I […]

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Where was that? : Using travel guides to reconstruct LGBTQ history

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 26, 2017

A key challenge as we researched Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis was locating street addresses.  Since many bars and restaurants were well known to locals, our researchers often found only vague references to places, such as “PK’s across the river” or “Betty’s on the south side.”  Few people now, let alo...

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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...

New Exhibit: Higher Ground

By Shannon Davis on March 9, 2017

Scholarly Publishing is proud to announce a new digital exhibit, Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place. This is a companion site to the physical exhibit now on display at the Sheldon Art Galleries. Conceived by Jennifer Colten, senior lecturer in photography in th...