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Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
6500 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 381-8030

Mark Your Calendars:

Friday, March 20: Wednesday, Feb. 25:  Friday, March 6: Friday, March 13:
General Open Hours:
  • 6PM-9PM every Thursday
  • 1PM-7PM every Friday
  • Noon-6PM every Saturday

If you'd like to join our volunteer team, please click the image above to be directed to our volunteer application.

We look forward to working with you to continue to serve the LGBT community of the Midwest!

If you are unable to donate your time, let us know if you would be willing to help out financially. We appreciate time, money, materials, and all other types of donations we receive!


We are very grateful for the generous support we have received from the Alphawood Foundation, Tawani Foundation, the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, and Kicking Assets Fund of Tide Foundation!

What's new...

thank you notes from Luther College

Feeling the Love

Pritzker Military

This Issue

  • Tawani Foundation
  • Luther College Visit
  • Carol Anshaw
  • Club Corner

Funding from TawaniFoundation

We are excited to announce that Gerber/Hart recently received funding from the Tawani Foundation for general operations. With many years of support for Gerber/Hart, the Tawani Foundation continues to play a key role in the long-term preservation of and access to Chicago and the greater Midwest's LGBT history.

Thank you to the Tawani Foundation and all of our individual donors and foundational funders for making 2014 one of the most financially successful years in Gerber/Hart's recent history. We could not fulfill our mission without all of your help. Thank you for making it a reality!

A Visit from Luther College

On January 23, 2015, Gerber/Hart had a visit from Lauren Kientz Anderson's class from Luther College. The course, titled "Queer Bronzeville," focuses on the history of Black LGBT people in Chicago. Despite only being in Chicago for one weekend, students spent almost five hours with materials from our archives and special collections.

It was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon with them and to see how engaged the students were with our local history. We hope to see you all again soon!

If you are interested in setting up a visit with a class or group, please contact us at

Club Corner

Do you have a favorite board game that you don't get to play as often as you'd like? Are you looking for a discussion group for a book you just read? Are you interested in getting more involved with Chicago's LGBT community? Listed below are some of the upcoming events hosted by Gerber/Hart.


Queer Writing Group:

Gerber/Hart is happy to host the Chicago Queer Writing Group on the first Friday of every month at 7:00pm. They are a group open to queer and queer-friendly writers of all levels. Come and share your writing, take part in some writing activities and exercises, and receive some constructive feedback from the group.

For more information on the group and upcoming events, please join the Facebook group "Chicago Queer Writing Group"

cover of Magic's Pawn

Genre Fiction Book Discussion Group:

Join the Queer Genre Fiction Book Discussion Group on March 13th at 6:30pm for a discussion of Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey.

Intro: Vanyel Askevron is a misfit on his father's manor. His disdain for swordsmanship and desire to become a bard earn him an unexpected exile -- at the High Court of Valdemar under the guardianship of his stern and implacable Aunt Savil, one of the legendary Herald-Mages. A young man's painful discovery of his own immense talents and his true nature form the core of this richly detailed fantasy, the first in a series set in the kingdom of Valdemar. In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life -- an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards.

Bring yourself, a friend, and make few new ones at this exciting group!

BTQ Book Discussion Group:

BTQ Discussion Group focuses on bisexual, transgender, and queer topics. Newcomers are welcome! No preregistration is required.

Join us on March 20th at 7pm for the Bi-Trans-Queer Book Group's discussion of the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness by Janet Mock.

See a YouTube video clip of the author discussion her book at Redefining Realness

Game Night

Join us at 6500 N. Clark on February 25th from 6PM-9PM for Gerber/Hart Game Night. We will always have a few game options, but participants are highly encouraged to bring their own to add some variety. These can include card games, board games, or even video games! Come have fun and make some new friends.

Is there a group you were hoping to see that was not listed? Please contact us at with your group or event ideas as well as if you are interested in helping facilitate it. We hope to see you soon!


Hours: Thursdays 6:00–9:00 PM
Fridays 1:00 PM –7:00 PM
Saturday Noon–6:00 PM

This page was last updated January 25, 2015.

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