The New Hope Celebrates Community LGBTA History Exhibit Center Closes, 34 S. Main St. New Hope, Pa. will close on Oct. 31, 2016. In celebration of the two successful months open, Dating Coach-Author-Radio Personality Jess Branas will appear at the Center on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2016 for a book signing and podcast.
Branas, widely known in the Philadelphia-New Jersey area, will be selling her 2014 book, “Seeking Her, Knowing You.” She will also be promoting her soon-to-be released book, “Zero to Ninety,” as well as broadcasting a podcast as part of her series, “Drinks with Jess.” Her books have been popular in the LGBTA community with its accounts of topics relevant to modern dating and relationships.
In 2014 Branas was named as one of the “most empowering women in world” by author Dr. Shelly Hipsky and as one of 47 “boldest women in the world” by author Tarra Flores Sloan. She will be appearing at the Retro-Scope Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Allies (LGBTA) Center between 2-4 PM.
34 S. Main has been the scene for a pop-up art history gallery sampling of LGBTA images of the Bucks County area, all featured in New Hope Celebrates online Web site and ongoing local history archive, Retro-Scope. The store has been on special discount from Playhouse Properties for the exhibit, which has logged in over 2500 guests in its two months. It was designed by local Graphic Arts specialist Gordon Pulaski and features an LGBTA history time line, Retro-Lounge and History Bar. While the exhibit will be dismantled for storage, a new “home” for it is being sought for the winter months.
The Web site, www.Retro-Scope.org –a project of Daniel Brooks, NHC Founder–will continue to add to the collection with submissions of photos, videos, and stories from local residents who wish to have precious prints digitized and preserved for posterity. Live interviews of local change makers and legends will be conducted during the next few months and biographies of 75 of them are being written and categorized, all for use in this site.
While www.Retro-Scope.org is accessible to all anytime, there is a dedicated kiosk for its public use currently housed at the New Hope-Solebury Free Library, and surrounded by literature of special interest to the LGBTA community, at 93. W. Ferry St. New Hope, Pa. An official dedication of that kiosk is slated to be held Nov. 20, 2016. For more details please check www.newhopecelebrates.com