Monday, October 24, 2016

National Park Service Releases LGBT History Study

Part of the National Parks Service's initiatives is the preservation of historic places connected with Civil Rights. In the past they have supported "such notable sites as Women’s Rights National Historic Park at Seneca Falls, New York (1980); Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia (1980); Brown vs, Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka Kansas (1992); Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas (1998); the Votes for Women History Trail (2009); Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California (1992); and the Caesar E. Chavez National Monument, Keane, California (2012). Now the Parks Service has undertaken a theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans. The study's goals are:
  • engaging scholars, preservationists and community members to identify, research, and tell the stories of LGBTQ associated properties;
  • encouraging national parks, national heritage areas, and other affiliated areas to interpret LGBTQ stories associated with them;
  • identifying, documenting, and nominating LGBTQ-associated sites as national historic landmarks;
  • increasing the number of listings of LGBTQ-associated properties in the National Register of Historic Places.
Unveiled on Oct. 11, 2016, National Coming Out Day, LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is available online. You can also download individual chapters or articles.