A new exhibition is opening in Archives and Special Collections on Monday, February 3! Curated by Archives Assistant Jennie Ochterski, Class of 2015, "Persistence and Existence: LGB Organizations at Mount Holyoke College Through History" will be on view through April 3.
This exhibit features four cases of archival materials, bringing to light the numerous histories of queer culture on the Mount Holyoke campus and showing the necessary change over time that lesbian, gay, and bisexual student organizations underwent.
As Jennie describes in her exhibition introduction, "In the past, same gender love and desire has taken different forms, but has always existed and will continue to exist. Many students at Mount Holyoke may not realize the struggles that queer folks (yes, even in the Valley) face both on campus and off. This exhibit is a necessary part of the ongoing dialogue around recognizing the vibrant and diverse communities that comprise MHC’s queer scene."
An opening celebration for the exhibit will take place on Friday, February 7, from 4 to 5pm with a tour by the curator and refreshments.
Archives and Special Collections documents Mount Holyoke College's past and present through manuscripts, archival collections, images, rare books, ephemera, and much more one-of-a-kind material. Ten student Archives Assistants work as “archives ambassadors” curating exhibitions, sharing MHC materials through multiple social media outlets, including Pinterest and tumblr, presenting at professional archives conferences, and creating original videos and zines about archival holdings and research in the archives.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Head of Archives & Special Collections
Library, Information, and Technology Services
Mount Holyoke College
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South Hadley, MA 01075