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Seacoast LGBT History: 50 Years of Rainbow Reflections At Portsmouth Athenaeum NH

Events. At Portsmouth Athenaeum , 6 - 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH. United states.

Wednesday June 12 2019, 2:06pm


Seacoast LGBT History: 50 Years of Rainbow Reflections At Portsmouth Athenaeum NH

A collection of physical objects – buttons, newspaper clippings, magazines, banners – that represents a lot of emotional memories, moments in personal stories and in the life of our community.

“Seacoast LGBT History: 50 years of Rainbow Reflections” opens Friday, May 3 in the Portsmouth Athenaeum’s Randall Gallery. There’ll be an opening reception for the free exhibit from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday during the monthly Art ’Round Town gallery walk.

The 50 years refers to the time since the Stonewall Riots broke out in New York City’s Greenwich Village, the moment that triggered the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States.

The event that triggered the Seacoast LGBT History Project was founder Tom Kaufhold of Portsmouth cleaning out his desk one day four years ago. He found documents related to a fight for an equal rights ordinance in Portsmouth in 1993 and memorabilia from the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Equal Rights and Liberation that took place the same year. He couldn’t bear to throw them away. He not only found artifacts that day, Kaufhold founded a history project.

Opens Friday, May 3 with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through July 6.The Athenaeum exhibit is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. On Pride Day in Portsmouth, Saturday, June 22, the Athenaeum exhibit will be open extended hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the month of June, a companion exhibit will be on display at the Portsmouth Public Library. Poster panels will be displayed at the library covering the national and local history of the fight for gay rights. A reception for this exhibit will be held Wednesday, June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

In a presentation on Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m., the library’s Supervisor of Technical Services Sarah Cornell will discuss the stories being told in the exhibit posters as part of the library’s Local History Talks series.