As a part of our ongoing work in LGBTQ history, Preservation Maryland is excited to announce a week of five upcoming listening sessions across the state to help inform a forthcoming context study on LGBTQ history across the state.

Preservation Maryland received funding from the Maryland Historical Trust to conduct a statewide historic context report on the important places and themes of LGBTQ life in Maryland. Dr. Susan Ferentinos, a leading LGBTQ public history, will be conducting the research including leading these sessions as a way to hear directly from community members about the places that are significant to local LGBTQ history. Those places will be recorded in a master list of properties and may become part of the context study expected in November.


Takoma Park
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 10AM-12PM
Historic Takoma Inc., 7328 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Hosted in partnership with Historic Takoma, Inc.
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Eastern Shore
Monday, June 10, 2019, 6PM-8PM
Salisbury Universiry Downtown Art Gallery
212 W Main St, Salisbury, MD 21801
Hosted in partnership with Salisbury PFLAG
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Central Maryland
Tuesday, June 11, 6PM-8PM
Frederick Visitor’s Center
151 S. East St, Frederick, MD, 21701
Hosted in partnership with Frederick Pride and The Frederick Center
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Anne Arundel County
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6PM-8PM
AIA Maryland
86 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
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Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Chase Brexton Health Care
1111 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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Free Public Lecture on Uncovering Baltimore’s LGBTQ+ History by Benjamin Egerman
Monday, June 17, 6:30PM-8PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Roland Park Branch
5108 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
Supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust
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50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising: Walking Tour of LGBTQ History in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Neighborhood
Friday, June 28, 2019, 5:30PM-6:30PM, $10
Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 1000 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Hosted in partnership with Baltimore Heritage with support from PNC Bank and the Maryland Historical Trust
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Preservation Maryland has hired consultant Dr. Susan Ferentinos, author of “Interpreting LGBT History at Historic Sites and Museums,” to research a first-of-its-kind historic context report on place-based LGBTQ history across Maryland. During the meeting, Dr. Ferentinos will introduce the project and its goals, followed by ample time for attendees to discuss their stories and help both identify potential sites for inclusion in the study and to build a better understanding of sites already included.


Preservation Maryland is not a collecting organization, so we ask that participants refrain from bringing any objects or ephemera. Should you want to donate materials, we encourage you to connect with the Maryland Historical Society, whose LGBTQ collection is described here. We do, however, encourage participants to come prepared to discuss local spots that have been important in their own lives and to the lives of LGBTQ people in their area! 

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