How does New Hope Celebrate History?
First, we created an online LGBTQ+ History Archive, called New Hope Celebrates History Archive, which was launched in 2013 as Retro-Scope. Since then we have continued to improve, update, and add new content to the website.
The online archive is a repository of change-makers, photos, stories, videos, and interviews of those that have shaped our community. It is the cornerstone of our New Hope History Project and will continue to grow with educational programs, exhibits, and publications.
The New Hope Celebrates History is a place where anyone can discover the riches of what we’ve had: the dazzling parties, fantastic performers, beloved places and unforgettable friends, to feel proud of those that came before us so fired-up to make business or to make change, and the people that paved the way for the strong community we enjoy today.
Secondly, we created portable touring panels showcasing a portion of the online archives and hosted several live exhibits during our annual PrideFest.
In July of 2016, we were granted a space at the New Hope Public Library to showcase our New Hope Celebrates History Archive via an iPad kiosk, which serves as a portal to the Archive in which visitors are invited to access freely.
Program Director, Daniel Brooks, and Exhibit Curator, Gordon Pulaski, led the team in the design, execution, and management of the exhibit. Visitors were greeted with artifacts, photos, timeline, and personal stories from New Hope’s LGBTA community past to present. We hosted guest speakers, a book signing, podcasts, political leaders, and private tours. The three-month pop-up exhibit was a huge success welcoming approximately 4,000 visitors during its short run.
Produced for New Hope Celebrates, Inc.
Designed by Gordon Pulaski – New Hope Celebrates Creative Director
Curated with Sharyn Keiser and Sandy Santello
This community-inspired installation was made possible by a grant from Visit Bucks County. The doors were constructed by local craftsman Tim Molnar, owner of New Hope Remodeling, with materials donated by Niece Lumber & Building Materials. The graphic panels and installation provided by Don Roberts of Impact Signs of New Hope. The outdoor event space is hosted by Stella by Jose Garces at the Ghost light Inn, by The Bucks County Playhouse along the Delaware River Promenade. The exhibit will be open to the public from October 11th through the 31st. And will make a special appearance at our May PrideFest.
The exhibit features eight handcrafted mini rainbow-colored doors – Inspired by Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow pride flag design. Each door is approximately 20″ by 40″ and mounted on posts. The door colors correspond with a theme based on its original intended meaning. Visitors are invited to open the doors revealing content depicted using graphic designs and photos of people, places, and events. The purpose of which is to showcase New Hope’s LGBTQ+ contemporary history.
New Hope has become synonymous for its quirky vibe. NHC strives to foster and promote inclusion and acceptance for all who live, work, and visit. This unique, one square mile town along the scenic countryside and beautiful Delaware River where all are welcome.