New Hope Celebrates LGBT history with stories and photos
A new Pennsylvania exhibit celebrates the 50th Anniversary year since the Stonewall events in New York City. Stonewall led to annual global Gay Pride parades and marches. These activities eventually contributed to the enactment of equal rights legislation as well as the legalization of marriage for same-sex couples in many parts of the world.
To commemorate LGBT history, the Equality — Pride in Our History Exhibit showcases the local gay experience of the New Hope, PA community. It is juxtaposed to national events that occurred in gay culture during the late 1960s through today. It features images, artifacts, and information. The exhibit is highlighted by the stories of local individuals who have made meaningful contributions to New Hope and Bucks County’s LGBT community. It’s a very colorful glimpse into the past.
In addition at the exhibit Visit Bucks County will host the premiere of the PA LGBT History Network’s Equal Rights Display. Both LGBT history exhibits are under the direction of Daniel Brooks, New Hope Celebrates and NHCH Founder and designed and produced by Gordon Pulaski, NHC’s Creative Director. Brooks and Pulaski said to thank Visit Bucks, the NHC Board of Directors, The Raven Resort, New Hope, Eric Rounds LLC and Impact Signs of New Hope for their assistance.
The LGBT history exhibit is built from a large collection of stories, photos, and memorabilia that was contributed by the local LGBT community. The educational exhibit highlights New Hope Celebrates organizational commitment to honoring the historic contributions made by gay individuals to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the last 50 years.
You can visit the LGBT history show at Visit Bucks County, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA (located next to PARX Casino) from Jan. 13th until March 23, 2019. They are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm each day. An opening brunch presented by The Raven Resort will be held on Jan 13th from 11:30 am-3 pm.
newhopecelebrateshistory.org is an interactive website where individuals can contribute their cherished photographs and stories to be archived and preserved. NHCH began to offer these images, along with editorial and artifacts, as a pop-up exhibit. It was treasured by both locals and tourist guests alike. It has been featured in various spots in the past five years. Spots include: New Hope Arts A-Space, the New Hope Bucks County Playhouse Visitors Center, and several art galleries in New Hope and neighboring Lambertville, NJ. In 2016, an installment of a kiosk with direct access to New Hope Celebrate History’s website was installed at the Free Library of New Hope-Solebury. It assured easy and free accessibility by all.
In 2016, Playhouse Properties donated space and it ran as a pop-up LGBT museum for three months. During that time over 3,000 tourists were educated about the area’s prominence of LGBT influence and its colorful past. “This is my first time in New Hope and this exhibit was such a welcoming surprise. It tells the tales of how welcoming, artistic and accepting the area is. And it makes me want to return!” wrote one visitor in the exhibit’s guest book that year.