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March 31, 2022

Engaging the Queer Feminist Archive

Speakers: Susan Ferentinos, PhD

Our understanding of the past depends on what has survived. Previous generations saved only those things they thought were important, leaving historians in the twenty-first century struggling to access marginalized voices. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) past is particularly elusive, given the stigma associated with these identities throughout most of U.S. history. In this talk, Susan Ferentinos will consider the challenges and possibilities of engaging with the history of queer feminist activism. Where do historians turn to learn about this history?  How do they address gaps in the historical record? What can archivists do to expand queer feminist collections? Drawing on thirty years of work as a queer feminist historian, Dr. Ferentinos will offer a glimpse at the wonders and mysteries of the queer feminist archive.

Susan Ferentinos is a public history researcher, writer, and consultant specializing in LGBTQ and women’s history. She is the author of Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites, which won the 2016 book award from the National Council on Public History. Her recent projects include a statewide historic context study of LGBTQ history in Maryland; a historic resource study for Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site; and a National Historic Landmark nomination for the House of the Furies, a lesbian-feminist collective in Washington, DC. Ferentinos hold a Master of Library Science degree with an emphasis on special collections and a PhD in U.S. history with an emphasis on gender and sexuality.

This project was presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

September 15, 2021

West Virginia History Makers: Black Women's Activism in the Archives

Speakers: Dr. Tamara Bailey, West Virginia Wesleyan College & Dr. Sheena Harris, West Virginia University

For this educational program, Dr. Tamara Bailey and Dr. Sheena Harris discuss the lives of Black women activists and educators from West Virginia and their use of women’s archives.  A question and answer session follows the presentations.

This project was presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The City of Charleston is provided additional support for this program. 

March 19, 2021

"Don’t Throw it Out! A conversation about documenting women, and the new Feminist Activist Archives of West Virginia and Regional History Center" 

Presented by the Art in the Libraries Virtual Program Series as a Women’s History Month Presentation

Panelists: Judith Stitzel and Carroll Wilkinson

Moderated by Lori Hostuttler, Assistant Director and Curator, West Virginia & Regional History Center 

Introduction by Sally Brown, Exhibits Coordinator