Recorded Session: Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding and Telling Queer History

Recorded On: 09/30/2020

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Session Description

Hidden in Plain Sight: Finding and Telling Queer History is a recorded session of the 2020 AASLH Online Annual Meeting.

How are you including LGBTQIA+ history in your institution? Danielle Bennett, John-Duane Kingsley, and Gwendolyn Stegall will discuss how to identify and incorporate queer narratives in your local historical institutions using case studies of historic houses and other traces of queer life in a community.


RECORDED DATE: September 30, 2020

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Chair: Danielle Bennett Independent Museum Professional, New York, NY
Danielle (she/her) is a queer historian and museum professional focusing on 19th and early 20th century US history and incorporating diverse narratives into history institutions. She has collaborated on the New-York Historical Society's Stonewall 50 exhibitions and formerly worked at the Alice Austen House, a historic house museum with a queer subject. Her master's thesis, "Dwelling in Possibility: Queering Historic House Museums" chronicles the experiences of historic house museums that have incorporated queer histories into their narratives. Danielle is the guest editor of a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Museum Education on queering museum practice and she is currently a consulting research associate with Amy Kaufman Cultural Planning, where she works on strategic planning for museums and other cultural institutions.

John-Duane Kingsley Twisted Preservation Cultural Consulting, Detroit, MI
John-Duane Kingsley (he/him/his) is a historian focusing on the intersection of LGBTQIA+ identity with design, historic interiors, and contemporary craft. Through consulting for Twisted Preservation, he's contributed to Queer in the Gilded Age (a boutique tour experience of a Gilded Age historic site through the lens of camp), and Life and Death at the Tenement for the Tenement Museum (a tour that discussed the public health response to the AIDS crisis). In addition, he's served as Collections & Furnishings Specialist for Fair Lane: The Home of Henry & Clara Ford, Director of Education at the Seward House Museum, along with conducting project based work for the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the National Museum of American History.

Gwendolyn Stegall PBDW Architects, New York, NY
Gwendolyn Stegall graduated from Columbia University GSAPP with a dual degree, Masters of Architecture and MS in Historic Preservation. Her thesis, "A Spatial History of Lesbian Bars in NYC," documented lesbian nightlife sites from the early 20th century through today and examined how they can be protected and commemorated. Stegall worked with the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project. As president of Queer Students of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Stegall edited the book, SAFE SPACE: Housing LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness. She is a junior architect at PBDW Architects, focusing on preservation projects. In this session, Stegall would explore expanding the reach of preservation to sites important to underrepresented groups, particularly the LGBTQ community and discuss using preservation, design, and community-based planning as tools for restorative justice.

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