Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadlephia’s LGBT History Out in the Open
The John J Wilcox Jr LGBT Archives at the William Way Center and the Philadelphia History Museum
The Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S 7th St, Philadelphia PA
Public Hours: Tue – Sat 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, through October 25, 2013
The William Way LGBT Community Center (WWCC) will be displaying original artifacts from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archive’s, a program of the WWCC. Items range from correspondence to an LGBT community photo wall of faces and places from the 1950s through present day. Selected items include a personal scrap book featuring local flyers, matchbooks, and pictures of gay bars in the 1970s and 80s, a denim jacket adorned with pins and patches from local leather clubs and organizations, correspondence from the James Caulfield and Rafael Suarez collection documenting their life and travels together in the 1960s, clips from the Robert R. Rosenbaum Oral History Project, and panels describing the WWCC’s history. Its intention is to give the viewer a quick glimpse into what life was and is like for some LGBT individuals living in an oppressive society.