Excavating Queer History from Straight Archives: Examples from Portland and the American West is the topic of June’s History Pub at the Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd). The presentation takes place Monday, June 28th from 7pm until 9pm.
Peter Boag, the Columbia Chair in the History of the American West at WSU, will examine the difficulties and serendipity of researching gay, lesbian, and transgender history in archives that were set up long before GLBT history was considered an acceptable topic of interest for historians. Boag will draw on excerpts from both his books on GLBT history and an article he wrote for the Oregon Historical Quarterly to support this fascinating talk about the history of sexuality and gender.
The History pub events are free presentations that join beer and history on the last Monday of every month. The events are sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center and McMenamins, and take place in the theater at the Kennedy School.