New LGBTQ Archives 3.7.19

Press Release:

MEDIA only CONTACT: Archivist: Leilani Dawson // ltdawson@hawaii.edu

RSVP to the FREE Reception: David McEwan // dbme1@me.com

“AIDS & Same-Gender Marriage Archives” opens at UH-Hamilton Library with special exhibition “Creating &Curating Change” and FREE Reception on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 (5:30PM- 8:00 PM).

AIDS & Same Gender Marriage often dominated politics and public discourse in Hawai’i, the nation and the world for the past 38 years, and Hawai’i was on the forefront of both issues. The two were deeply connected; the struggle against AIDS helping to energize the call for marriage rights. Both were full of emotion, hope, politics, research, religion, tragedy and freedom.

Worldwide, the struggles continue!

At the March 7 reception for “Creating & CuratingChange”meet key people from both issues who have donated materials to the new “AIDS & Same-Gender Marriage Archives” including: Judge Dan Foley, Judge Steven Levinson, Jackie Young Phd, Heather Lusk MSW, Tom Ramsey Phd, and David McEwan MD. Browse the exhibition highlighting selected publications, letters and other documents that are now permanently stored in the UH Archives. Hear stories, ask questions and learn about these crucial interconnected social movements.

The donors have contributed materials to the UH Hamilton Archives to serve as core resources that start to document the Hawai’i experience of AIDS & Same-Gender Marriage. They hope that students, scholars and the larger community will study the materials to learn what happened here and draw lessons from Hawai’i’s experience. Attendees are encouraged to bring their thoughts on how to expand the Archives.

Dr. David McEwan and Professor Tom Ramsey have established a permanent fund at the UH Foundation to support the “AIDS & Same-Gender Marriage Archives”. Their goals include creating a full catalog with extensive cross-references; and eventually complete digitalization, connectivity to similar archives, and open access internationally.

Park FREE in the neighborhood OR pay the evening parking fee at the UH Manoa parking garage. PUPU’s will be provided. This event is supported by the UH Foundation.

RSVP to the FREE Reception with names and number of attendees: David McEwan // dbme1@me.com

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