Progressive Reformers and Lesbian Lives

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Explorations of Same-Sex Relationships & Spaces in New York City

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From at least the mid-19th century to the 1920s, the earliest generations of coupled women and their social circles have left an indelible mark on New York City. Often rejecting traditional gender roles, they lived in same-sex relationships and forged careers in politics, social reform, and the arts. Project Co-Director Andrew Dolkart will be joined by special guest Katie Vogel from the Henry Street Settlement, who will discuss the new nomination for founder Lillian Wald’s residence at the Henry Street Settlement to the National Register of Historic Places, acknowledging the significance of Wald’s homosocial world and the influence of lesbians in the settlement house movement.

The third in our three-part series, "From Progressive Reformers to Lesbian Gathering Spots: Explorations of Same-Sex Relationships & Spaces in New York City," presented with the support of Humanities New York, Con Edison, and NYC & Company Foundation.


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Photo: Exterior of Henry Street Settlement, at 263-267 Henry Street.

About the NYC LGBT Historic Site Project

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a nonprofit cultural initiative and educational resource that is making an invisible history visible by documenting extant historic and cultural sites associated with the LGBT community throughout New York City. For more, visit, or follow on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, launched in 2015 by preservation professionals, is an award-winning cultural heritage initiative and educational resource documenting and presenting historic sites connected to the LGBT community throughout New York City. Its website, including an interactive map, features over 265 diverse places from the 17th century to 2000 that are important to LGBT history and illustrate the community’s influence on NYC and American culture.

The project researches and nominates LGBT sites to the National Register, advocates for the official recognition of LGBT historic sites, provides walking tours (also accessible through a free-app), presents lectures, engages the community through events, develops educational programs for New York City public school students, and disseminates its content through robust social media channels. Its goal is to make an invisible history visible while fostering pride and awareness.

For more, visit, or follow on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

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