News From The GLBT Historical Society
& The GLBT History Museum

May 2013    

Honoring Harvey Milk at The GLBT History Museum:
Free Admission, Tours and Activities Set for May 22      
Visitors viewing a display of Harvey Milk's belongings
Visitors viewing Harvey Milk's belongings on display in the Front Gallery of The
GLBT History Museum. Milk-related materials appear throughout the museum.
California marks Harvey Milk's birthday, May 22, as an annual statewide day of significance. The GLBT History Museum will honor the occasion this year by giving free admission to all visitors and providing special Milk-related displays and tours. In addition, the museum is extending a welcome to Bay Area schools, many of which plan GLBT history activities in conjunction with Harvey Milk Day.
  • Brief docent tours of the museum highlighting Harvey Milk and his times will be offered every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Teachers, professors and student groups also can schedule other times for student tours by contacting the museum at info@glbthistory.org.
  • Periodically throughout the day, the screen in the Main Gallery will show rare video clips of Milk from the Daniel A. Smith/Queer Blue Light Collection in the GLBT Historical Society archives.
  • On an exceptional basis throughout the week of May 20, the exhibit of Milk's belongings in the Front Gallery will feature a vintage tape recorder playing Milk's political will.

The GLBT History Museum includes photographs, video, ephemera and artifacts that document Milk and his life in 1970s San Francisco not only in the Front Gallery display, but also in both "Our Vast Queer Past" in the Main Gallery and "Legendary" in the Corner Gallery. A new gallery guide set for release on Harvey Milk Day will make it easy for visitors to discover this content.


After the museum closes., a nearby bookshop will host a further opportunity to learn  about Harvey Milk: From 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., Books Inc. at 2275 Market St. is hosting a panel about the new book An Archive of Hope (University of California Press), which brings together Milk's speeches and open letters. Editors Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris III will join Milk's friends Frank Robinson and Daniel Nicoletta to discuss Milk's legacy. The event is cosponsored by the GLBT Historical Society.

Complete the Survey Today: 'Your Perspectives Will
Help Shape the Future of Our Museum and Archives'
In mid-April, the GLBT Historical Society distributed a survey via e-mail and social media asking members, museum-goers, researchers and others for their views. The online questionnaire, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete, is open for further responses through Wednesday, May 8, at GLBTHS Survey.

"We're constantly working to develop our exhibitions, programs and collections in ways that will make our members and supporters proud," says Executive Director Paul Boneberg. "To continue meeting that goal, we need your feedback on our efforts. If you haven't filled out our survey, please take a few minutes to answer the questions today. Your perspectives will be invaluable in helping shape the future of our museum and archives."


Boneberg adds that everyone who takes the survey will have a chance to win a t-shirt from The GLBT History Museum; five winners will be drawn at random from the respondents. To fill out the survey questionnaire, visit GLBTHS Survey


San Francisco in the 1990s: Museum Programs
Spotlight Memories, Critiques, Representations 
Author Reading
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: The End of San Francisco 
Thursday, May 9 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Author, activist, queer social critic and former San Franciscan Mattilda Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore sitting in front of a wall of colorful flyers. Bernstein Sycamore recounts how it all will come to an end with her new book, The End of San Francisco. Sycamore conjures the tensions between idealism and engagement, trauma and self-actualization, inspiration and loss. Part memoir, part social history, part elegy, The End of San Francisco explores and explodes the dream of radical queer community and the mythical city that was supposed to nurture it. Described by the Austin Chronicle as "a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X with a queer agenda," Sycamore edited the award-winning anthology Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Admission: $5.00 (general); $3.00 (California students); free for members. 

Film Discussions  
Michelle Tea's 'Valencia': How a New Independent Film
Illuminates a Queer Novel, a Queer City and a Queer Era 
Poster for A special three-part program featuring filmmakers charged with bringing Michelle Tea's award-winning autobiographical novel Valencia (2000) to the screen. Set in queer San Francisco in the 1990s, Valencia premieres at Frameline 37, the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival, in the third week of June. In a collaborative project headed by Tea and Hilary Goldberg, the movie was created by 18 filmmakers, each of whom created a short based on a chapter from the book. In conversation with the author, the filmmakers will discuss pre- and post-gentrification San Francisco, nostalgia and fantasy, activism and desire, debauchery and subversion -- and how those elements are represented in the film. The panels are set for 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00 (general); $3.00 (California students); free for members.
Thursday, June 20  |  What Were the Queer '90s?
A discussion of the influence of San Francisco's 1990s queer life on the city's GLBT community today. The panel includes "Valencia" filmmakers who were and were not around for the 1990s party: Aubree Bernier-Clarke, Lares Feliciano, Silas Howard, Alexa Shae and Samuael Topiary.

Monday, June 24  |  My Michelle
A look at choices made by Valencia filmmakers who cast outside the box for their vision of the character of Michelle, using claymation buffalo, blow-up dolls, drag queens and Angelina Jolie; with Jerry Lee Abram, Cheryl Dunye, Hilary Goldberg, Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans.

Wednesday, June 26  |  Debauchery and Romance in Valencia
An exploration of the highs and lows of portraying debauchery on screen, as well as the uses of hedonism in life and art; with Bug Davidson, Michelle Lawlor, Sara St. Martin Lynne, Sharon Rubenstein and Courtney Trouble.



The GLBT History Museum

Location: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Phone: 415-621-1107

Website: www.glbthistorymuseum.org  


Admission: $5.00 general; $3.00 with California student ID. Free for members. Free for all visitors on the first Wednesday of each month (courtesy of the Bob Ross Foundation). 



Mondays - Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

Sundays: Noon - 5:00 p.m.




GLBT Historical Society

Location: 657 Mission St., Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone: 415-777-5455, ext. 3#

Website: www.glbthistory.org  




Weekdays: By Appointment & Subject to Availability

Members: Wednesdays - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Nonmembers: Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Saturdays: No Appointment Needed 

The archives are open to members and nonmembers 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month; no appointment is needed. Saturday hours are subject to change; before visiting, check the Historical Society website.  












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May 9
7 - 9 p.m.
Author Reading
The End of San Francisco

May 22
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Free Admission &
Special Activities
Harvey Milk Day

June 20
7 - 9 p.m.
Film Discussion
What Were the
Queer '90s?

June 24
7 - 9 p.m.
Film Discussion
"Valencia": My Michelle

June 26
7 - 9 p.m.
Film Discussion

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New Volunteer Orientation

Set for May 7


An orientation for

volunteers for The GLBT History Museum is set for  

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. on

Tuesday, May 7.

For details, contact GLBT Historical Society

Executive Director

Paul Boneberg.



Portrait of Tede Matthews


June 6 

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Tede Matthews 

Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission St.
San Francisco

Honoring the life and
legacy of Bay Area poet, performer and activist
Tede Matthews through readings and recollections from people who knew
him, including writers from the queer radical poetry scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Cosponsored by
the GLBT Historical
Society. For details, see
the Facebook invitation


 The GLBT History  

Museum displays a  

wealth of material  

from San Francisco's 

vast queer past.


Banners displaying historical information


In the Front Gallery: "Migrating Archives:  

LGBT Delegates From Collections Around the World" features an

international sampling

of queer life stories and 

the archives that document them. For an interview with curator E.G. Crichton, visit the History@Work blog.



 The GLBT Historical

Society is home to one 

of the world's largest 

gay, lesbian, bisexual 

and transgender 

archival collections.


Photo of Harvey Milk being interviewed in 1976

The archives contain numerous collections documenting Harvey Milk, including Milk's personal belongings that were preserved after his death. For other collections, enter "Harvey Milk" in the searchable online catalogs of the society's archives, periodicals, oral history
and audio collections.



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