Valentine Hosts History Bus Tour September 26
The Valentine and local LGBT historian Beth Marschak partner again this year for an educational bus tour exploring years of Gay and Lesbian Richmond’s past. The tour, which takes place 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 is $23 for the general public and includes admission to the History Center the day of the event. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (804) 649-0711 ext. 301.
From the Valentine Richmond History Center:
Images of America: Lesbian and Gay Richmond (Arcadia 2008) is the product of decades of research and relies heavily upon the Archives of the New Dominion at the VCU Library, which contain records and source material of interest to researchers of African American, Latino/a, women’s activist and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) history and are the largest collection of gay-related archives in the commonwealth.
Widely recognized for its inclusive approach to interpreting the story of Richmond, the History Center has led the field in offering tours regarding the history of Jewish Americans, women, and African Americans in Richmond. With this tour, the History Center also extends its tradition of supporting new and emerging historical scholarship, with existing author-led tours on topics ranging from baseball to bizarre Richmond scandals. Specifically, the Gay and Lesbian History Bus Tour will explore the people and events that have shaped Richmond’s gay and lesbian community for more than a century.
Beth Marschak has served as a trained master guide with the Valentine Richmond History Center since 2005, leading tours of Carytown, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward and downtown, as well as the African American Heritage tour and several topical tours for schoolchildren. She is a former member of the national steering committee of the National Women’s Political Caucus (1975-1991) and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the International Women’s Year Continuing Committee in 1977. She has served on the Richmond Lesbian and Gay Pride Coalition board of directors, and in 1980, the Virginia Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights elected Beth to represent its interests before the Virginia General Assembly. She became the first person to lobby the Virginia legislature on behalf of this population. She is co-founder of Richmond Lesbian-Feminists, the oldest continuous LGBT group in Richmond, and received the Richmond YWCA’s Outstanding Woman Award in 1990. A native Richmond resident, Beth is an alumna of Westhampton College and co-author of Images of America: Lesbian and Gay Richmond (2008).
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