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

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Beginning the New Year

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In the past year, we had over 360 visitors come in during our weekly open hours. It was a great mix of folks visiting Gerber/Hart for the first time and long-time friends returning to view the new space. Researchers worked with our materials for over 160 hours, satisfying general curiosities, preparing presentations, or even analyzing sources for their next publications.

The most amazing statistic we have to report, however, is that of our incredible volunteers. Despite not having regular shifts set up until February, our volunteers have put in over 1900 hours at Gerber/Hart. That is almost a full-time equivalent! Some of our major projects included moving out of off-site storage, reuniting and organizing archival and special collections materials in our new space, holding our annual book sale, and conducting a shelf read of our circulating library collection. All of the projects and daily operations would not have been possible without the folks who so generously donated their time and energy. Thank you for making 2014 a year to remember!

We have high hopes for 2015. One of the main goals is to increase the accessibility of our collections. Our initial effort towards this is to increase the number of weekly open hours we hold. As of January 2nd, 2015, we have added Fridays from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm to our weekly open hours!

Thank you to everyone who followed us through our first year at 6500 N. Clark. We look forward to sharing updates with you as 2015 continues!

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Wearing Gay History

In January, Gerber/Hart received a visit from Eric Gonzaba. Gonzaba is a PhD student in American History at George Mason University. He recently created a website (www.wearinggayhistory.com) which raises public awareness of LGBT history and the organizations that preserve it. Regarding his focus on t-shirts, Eric says, "Whether to protest, satirize, or show pride, the LGBT community's often ignored history can be seen vividly in the clothing we often throw out."

Thank you so much, Eric! We are excited to follow all of the great things you are doing! Learn more about his project and browse the shirts he has photographed at www.wearinggayhistory.com.

Activities Corner

Game Night

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 looking for a way to get more involved with Chicago's LGBT community? Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is happy to announce an expansion of our programming efforts! Join us for the following upcoming events at Gerber/Hart...

Click here to see our upcoming events such as Game Night and the Book Discussion groups.

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is supported in part by the Kicking Assets Fund of the Tides Foundation and by a CityArts Program 1 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Email: info@gerberhart.org

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.