Welcome to our LGBTQ+ Archive
The stories of the National LGBTQ+ Movement have been led by activism and advocacy. Throughout time, they have shaped this country’s art, literature, music, culture, science, and industry. Today, our stories are threatened to be erased by hate, ignorance, and intolerance. We can not let that happen. Welcome to the official New Hope Celebrates History Archive a site was, anyone, can see and share memories, stories, photos, memorabilia, and more! We are recording New Hope’s “GAY” history and preserving it for generations
to come.We invite you to peruse the collection and delight in seeing the riches of what we, as a diverse community, have been blessed: the dazzling parties, fantastic performers, beloved places and unforgettable friends. Feel proud of the artists and change-makers that came before us, those that paved the way for the freedom which we enjoy today. Plus check out the map of memorable locations—some gone but not forgotten–that have been important to New Hope and Bucks County Pennsylvania LGBTQ+ community— now preserved here for all time.
What does this History Archive contain.
Our Archive contains hundreds of scanned images – collections of personal artifacts, papers, photographs, audiovisual recordings, and organizational records. These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries, and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders. Our archive also includes the references to many community organizations, businesses, and political campaigns.
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Our History Project goals
At the heart of our, New Hope Celebrates History project. We wish to document, record, archive then present the history of the “Gay” community of New Hope PA, a history mostly overlooked by mainstream society.
Locate individuals who know the LGBTQ+ history of New Hope and encourage them to share their stories and unique perspectives before they are no longer able to do so.
Encourage not only the LGBTQ+ community of New Hope Pa but visitors to learn about our rich history of diversity through presentations, exhibits, and on-line virtual archives that present the stories and memories of the past. Knowing this history is essential to everyone in all communities because it sheds light on the struggles and triumphs of earlier generations. It also puts in perspective how New Hope was unique in its early adoption of “Gay” – LGBTQ+ lifestyles. It also draws a parallel between local and national events in the evolution of the civil rights movement both past and present.
To teach and foster understanding based on our community’s struggle for equality helps put in perspective how the LGBTQ+ community has developed and matured together. History provides both a sense of accomplishment and inspiration for current and future generations.
Sharing the stories will not only amuse and delight our viewers but inspire those still struggling. Help build inner strength and to encourage them to continue on their human journey.