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Stories of Our LBGTQ Ancestors: Dr. Amber Starbuck, Mabel Stevens, and the Big House.

Wednesday July 6, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

From the late 1920s through the late 1960s, the economy of Middlefield, Massachusetts revolved around an innovative health resort owned and run by a power couple of two women, Dr. Amber Starbuck (a medical doctor) and Mabel Stevens (one of the first female taxi drivers). Both women were trailblazers and nonconformists. The lesbian relationship they had was publicly known and respected. This is the story of their lives separately and together, their involvement with the YWCA and early feminist programs, and how they came to run the highly successful Big House. 90-minute slide presentation plus a Q and A.

This series of three talks taking place this summer is based on original research conducted by the Sexual Minorities Archives about pre-Stonewall LGBTQ figures who lived and worked in western Massachusetts.

Final Lecture in the Series:
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 6:00 PM at Wistariahurst
Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors: Caleb Cooley Dickinson
Presented by Sam Edwards

These lectures and events are funded by a Holyoke Local Cultural Council grant.
All lectures will take place at Wistariahurst, are free-of-charge, and masks will be required

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Samuel Edwards (he/him) is a current Master of Library Science student at Simmons University with a concentration in Archival Management, and a freelance writer. He is a current Board Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation (the board of the Sexual Minorities Archives), and has been working with the Sexual Minorities Archives since 2017 in various capacities including as Board President from 2019-2022. He has worked in the archives of Forbes Library, Hampshire College, and Smith College. He is a founding member of Theater Between Addresses, and will soon be premiering an audio play called “Caeneus”, a transgender odyssey retelling a Greco-Roman myth from a queer and trans lens, grant funded by Northampton Open Media. He seeks to tell rich, expansive and truthful queer stories through both history and fiction.

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