New Hope Celebrates History

Preserving Our Local “Gay” History

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 andBucks County Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ+ community— now preserved here for all time.

What you will find on our site:

Our Archive currently contains hundreds of scanned images and counting – 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 These collections include unpublished material such as letters, diaries, and scrapbooks documenting the lives of both average people and community leaders.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 will also include the records of many community organizations, businesses, and political campaigns.

Searchable items and collections:

Our collections can be searched right from this site. New Hope Celebrates History focuses its collections on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied life inBucks County, New Hope, Pennsylvania. Currently, we are seeking accessions to fill particular gaps in our archives. We seek materials documenting “GAY” life from the late 1930s-1990s, as well as LGBTQ+ people of color, lesbian and bisexual women of all social/cultural backgrounds, LGBTQ+ working class communities, and bisexual and transgender people. To inquire about donating a collection or for more information, please email 


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