Monthly Special Soirées

Rodney Wilson

Meet Rodney Wilson, Founder of the World's First LGBTQ History Month!

Virtual Soirée on Tuesday, October 4th, 7:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern

Rodney Wilson was in his 20s when he was nearly fired for coming out to his high school students during a history lesson. The outcry from the community was swift and severe. The scandal became national through media coverage on Dateline NBC, Newsweek, and The Ricki Lake Show. As the dust was settling, Wilson founded the world's first LGBTQ History Month!

Rodney's story is the subject of the short documentary "Taboo Teaching." Join our virtual screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Rodney!



Brooks Hosfeld

Archival of the Fittest: Biases & Decisions Influencing Collective Memory

Virtual Soirée on Tuesday, October 11th, 7:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern

Brooks Hosfeld (he/they) is well-versed in History, Anthropology; and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies. His recent article, “Archival of the Fittest: The Role of Archives in Constructing Gay Dutch Historical Memory,” critiques archivists’ lack of attention to queer audiences while also promoting the value and necessity of community-based archives. Join us in welcoming Brooks for a fascinating glimpse into the relationship between archivists' decisions and collective memory.



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THE HEALER STONES OF KAPAEMAHU: Meet the Creators of the PBS Documentary and Bishop Museum Exhibit

Virtual Soirée on Tuesday, October 18th, 7:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson are Emmy and GLAAD Award-winning filmmakers. From LGBTQ equality in small-town America to gender diversity in public schools, from cultural erasure in Hawai'i to the criminalization of sexual and gender minorities in the Pacific Islands, Hamer and Wilson's campaigns have helped to elevate and center the stories of affected communities in movements for change.

Their most recent project centers on Kapaemahu, the long-hidden story of four legendary mahu, extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit, who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi. The project has resulted in an animated short film, a children's picture book, a feature-length PBS documentary, and a major exhibition at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.

Join us in welcoming Dean and Joe to see clips from the film and learn about their efforts to ensure the Waikiki monument to the Healer Stones, last updated in 1997, recognizes the healers as mahu. 

Watch the trailer here.



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Meet the Creators of Emmy-Nominated CURED Documentary!

Virtual Event on Thursday, October 20th, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM Eastern

Join us in welcoming Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer, creators of the award-winning documentary CURED. Patrick and Bennett will screen the PBS film, share more about this important aspect of US history, and provide a Q&A! 

Background: Until 1973, every gay person was automatically classified as mentally ill and in need of a cure. The award-winning PBS documentary CURED tells the story of the activists who challenged that diagnosis — and won.

Described as “fascinating” (Hollywood Reporter), “riveting” (The Queer Review), and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute) — and the winner of the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award for Best Historical Documentary of 2021 — CURED combines newly unearthed archival footage with incisive present-day interviews to illuminate a pivotal but little-known victory on the road to LGBTQ equality.

Watch the trailer here.



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Virtual Soirée Host Kathleen Barker!

Kathleen is History UnErased's program director and lead facilitator, as well as contributing to the ongoing enhancement of Intersections & Connections curriculum. Kathleen brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the organization as a library and information specialist and public historian with 20 years of experience as a museum and library educator.

Kathleen is the former Director of the Center for the Teaching of History at the Massachusetts Historical Society and has taught undergraduate history courses at Northeastern University and UMass Boston.