New Hope Celebrates History

Equality – pride in our history exhibit is coming to the Parry Mansion Musume in New Hope, Pa.

In September of 2016, we launched an “LGBTQ+ History Exhibit” at what is now the Ferry Market, thanks to a generous donation from the Bridge Street Foundation and Playhouse Inn Properties. Several new exhibits now on tour.

LGBTQ+ History Join us for a journey through the decades of gay pride.

New Hope Celebrates History is proud to present an educational exhibit highlighting the gay experience in New Hope, Bucks County, Pa. juxtaposed to national events that occurred in gay culture during the late 1960s through present day.

Take a journey through the decades of pride with a colorful glimpse of gay history featuring images, artifacts, and information. Highlighted by the stories of local individuals who have made meaningful contributions to New Hope and Bucks County’s LGBTQ+ community.

A special display will pay tribute to Stonewall on this 50th anniversary of the riots in New Your City which led to the Gay Rights Movement and Pride ceremonies and parades nationally and globally.

We are honored to host the premiere of a national traveling exhibit. Featuring a five-panel free-standing display from the members of the PA LGBTQ+ Historic Network, which details the progress of gay history throughout Pennsylvania.

Our Equality – Pride in Our History
At the Parry Mansion Museum 
April 29th – Guest Lecture Series Dan Brooks @ Parry Mansion. Details to come.
May 4th – June 2nd – Exhibit Open 1 pm to 5 pm Saturday & Sunday

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How does New Hope Celebrates 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 all-volunteer 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.

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