"Bar Stories" and beyond -- Wendy Chapkis

Photo Eulogy for the Dyke Bar

"Bar Stories" and beyond:  In her capacity as the Faculty Scholar for the Sampson Center LGBTQ+ Collection, sociology professor Wendy Chapkis is organizing a series of public programs during fall 2018 in honor of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots that jump started the contemporary gay liberation movement.


The first event is a screening of a new 45 minute film featuring Southern Mainers sharing memories of rapidly disappearing gay bars and reflecting on the role have played in our community.  "Bar Stories" will be screened at the Portland Museum of Art on Thursday September 27th at 6 p.m.  The event is free; seats can be reserved at:


The second in the series of events is a digital retrospective of the work of photographer W. Jo Moser, "Going the Distance: LGBTQ Life 1974 to 2015." This free event will take place on Thursday October 25th at 7 p.m. in Talbot Hall (Luther Bonney building, USM Portland campus) and is open to the public.


The final event in the series is a reception and story telling night in conjunction with the installation piece "Eulogy for the Dyke Bar" on display in the campus center Area Gallery (USM Portland campus) on Thursday November 15th from 5 to 7 p.m. The evening will feature remarks by the artist Macon Reed and storytelling across the generations reflecting nuanced experiences in and around queer bars.


For more information on any of these events, please contact Professor Wendy Chapkis at 780-4757 or <>.