Many residents and visitors to Maine are familiar with Ogunquit's reputation as a "gay-friend;y" seaside destination - a sort of Provincetown of the North. Before openly catering to a gay audience became de rigueur, it was common for establishments to require queer patrons to "play straight" in order to participate. After the arson of a local queer-owned bar called the Stage Door in neighboring Wells, a group of young activists decided to take matters into their own hands by staging an act of public disobedience at Valerie's, a straight-owned supper club in Ogunquit. What followed is a story of compassion, bravery, love, and yes, dance.
For more information about the topics being covered in these events and to hear the Valerie's podcast, please visit this link.
October 22nd, 2020 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Valerie's: Telling a story with archival materials when you can't go to the archive
UMaine Grad student and USM Special Collections staff member Mary F. Holt discusses how to create a compelling narrative using primary sources found on the USM Digital Commons. This hour-long program will cover the highs and lows of creating a podcast from home, researching using digital materials, and how to work with living subjects during a pandemic. There will be a discussion moderated by Special Collections Coordinator Susie Bock after Mary's presentation.
To receive a link to the Zoom presentation, please register HERE. You will receive information on how to participate on the day of the presentation. Please note: if you can't attend the livestream, this event will be archived on Digital Commons.
October 29th, 2020 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Community Zoom - Valerie's: Dance, Disobedience, and Activism in Southern Maine
Join USM LGBTQ+ Collection and the Equality Community Center for a panel discussion moderated by the creator of the Valerie's podcast featuring many of the activists who made it possible. The panel will discuss queer activism and community in Maine in the 1970s, why it was so important for queer people to live authentically, what really went down at Valerie's, and more. There will be time to ask questions and to engage with the panelists after the presentation.
To receive a link to the Zoom presentation, please register HERE. You will receive information on how to participate on the day of the presentation Please note: if you can't attend the livestream, this event will be archived on Digital Commons.