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Saturday, April 18, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Queer History of St. Louis's Central West End
Cost: $40 ÷ limited to 25 participants
This guided walking tour explores the Central West End neighborhood, which for most of the second half of the twentieth century was a regionally important hub of gay and lesbian community building and political organizing.
St. Louis's queer history stretches at least as far back as the Gilded Age, when the Gateway City was a rapidly growing industrial center. During this period and for decades after, a largely underground queer subculture flourished in and around downtown. Meanwhile, the Central West End was an eminently respectable and almost entirely
white residential district favored by the city's well-to-do. This period bequeathed to the neighborhood a heritage of beautiful homes, apartment buildings, and houses of worship that can still be appreciated today.
Post–World War II white flight, economic decline, and urban renewal transformed the Central West End and its environs. As many affluent white families abandoned the neighborhood for booming suburbs, the Central West End became both a racially liminal space and a magnet for queer people. From the 1960s to the 1990s, it was St. Louis's principal "gay ghetto" and the epicenter of the city's lesbian and gay movement The tour features a number of places of historical interest, such as the childhood homes of William S. Burroughs and Tennessee Williams; pioneering LGBT-affirming churches; and the site of St. Louis's first gay community center. Also included is Forest Park, where sociologist Laud Humphreys conducted the research that resulted in his controversial book Tearoom Trade (1970), as well as the location of the offices of sex researchers William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson. Together, these tour stops offer an overview of St. Louis's LGBT past and opportunities to reflect on how queer people fit into larger histories of race, religion, and urban change. As this walking tour will take place mostly outdoors, comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes are recommended.


Friday, April 17 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 

Social Hour 

Meet at the Bridge tap House and Wine Bar at 1004 Locust St, 2 blocks from the America's Center, for an hour of networking.


Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18

Gateway to History: Selections from the St. Louis LGBT History Project

The St. Louis LGBT History Project will tell the story of the Gateway City's diverse and vibrant queer past through exhibit panels and artifacts that document activism/politics, arts/entertainment, religion, business, famous residents, and everyday life.


Thursday, April 16 - 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hall

Interracial Intimacies: An Online Archives and Methodology Teaching Tool
Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University
"Interracial Intimacies" is an open-access digital book and teaching tool that demonstrates the kind of new pedagogical tools we can create when supported by a team of digital humanities specialists, and introduces historians to a new historical methods teaching tool they might like to use in the classroom. Created in collaboration with senior students in Washington State University's Digital Technology and Culture program, "Interracial Intimacies" is an "app book," an open-source multimedia application developed at WSU. It turns my research for my 2014 article "Sex, Intimacy, and Desire among Men of Chinese Heritage and Women of Non-Asian Heritage in Toronto, 1910 to 1950" (Urban History Review, Spring 2014) into a methods teaching tool.
The article shows that migrant men of Chinese heritage were not always the lonesome bachelors historians have made them out to be. My research revealed that in Toronto during the first half of the twentieth century, at least one-third of them had white female wives or live-in companions. The app book uses research data from the article to show students the historian's journey from initial research question—which was not on this period or on this topic—to published article. Users have multiple interactive opportunities to interpret primary sources, including oral histories, photographs, newspapers, and archival data, and instructors can grade student
work completed on the site. Students can compare their analysis to the author's. They can also use the data to generate their own research questions and even write a primary source-based research paper.


Thursday, April 16

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm 

Taking on Taboos: Queer Organizing from the 1960s to the 1990s
Endorsed by the Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories
Chair: Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago
Commentator: Melissa Stein, University of Kentucky
The Last Crises of James Tinney
Kevin Mumford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Not-So-Discreet Lovers of Emma Jones: Raising Political Consciousness through Beach Parties
Jerry Watkins, Georgia State University
Queerly Faithful: Evaluating the Role of Religion in a Local Struggle for LGBT Equality
Ian Darnell, University of Illinois at Chicago
Original Plumbing and the Remaking of Trans* Culture and Politics
Trevor Joy Sangrey, Washington University in St Louis

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm 

Out-of-Bounds: Crossing the Line of Accepted Sexual Practices
Sharon E. Wood, University of Nebraska Omaha
Chad Heap, George Washington University
Taboo at Mizzou: The Policing of Sexual Expression by Students at the University of Missouri, 1945 to 1955
Craig Forrest, University of Missouri–Columbia
"Refugees from Amerika": The Origins of Gay Liberation in the United States
Kevin Wooten, Washington University in St. Louis
"Against the Peace and Dignity of the State of Kansas": Community Reactions against Free Love Marriage in the Gilded Age
Andrea Weingartner, Moberly Area Community College

State of the Field: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer History
Chair: Marc Stein, San Francisco State University
• Julio Capó, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• Christina Hanhardt, Hampshire College
• Kwame Holmes, University of Colorado
• Jen Manion, Connecticut College

Friday, April 17,

9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Crime, Violence, and the Whitewashing of Queer History
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories
Regina Kunzel, Princeton University
Kevin Murphy, University of Minnesota
"Woman Slain in Queer Love Brawl": African American Women and Same-Sex Violence in the Early Great Migration
Cookie Woolner, Case Western Reserve University
Jeannace June Freeman: The Making of an Exceptional Lesbian Murder
Lauren Gutterman, University of Michigan
Vulnerable Youths and the Complicated Prosecution of Gay Men in the 1930s
Daniel Hurewitz, Hunter College, CUNY

The Red Taboo in American History
Endorsed by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
Chair and Commentator: Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"American Girls in Red Russia": Rethinking the Red Taboo in U.S. Women's History
Julia Mickenberg, University of Texas at Austin
"The Reddest of the Blacks": History across the Full Spectrum of Civil Rights Activism
Glenda Gilmore, Yale University
"TWO Witch Hunts": On (Not) Seeing Red in The Lavender Scare
Aaron Lecklider, University of Massachusetts, Boston

10:50 am - 12:20 pm

Histories beyond "History": A Conversation about Interdisciplinary Queer Studies
Regina G. Kunzel, Princeton University
• Deborah Gould, University of California, Santa Cruz
• Tavia Nyongo, Tisch School of the Arts
• Siobhan Somerville, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Katherine Franke, Columbia University

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Carrol Smith-Rosenberg's "Female World of Love and Ritual": Forty Years Later
Sponsored by OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories
Mary Frances Berry, University of Pennsylvania
The Woman-Loving Mulatta and the Promises of Liberal Universalism: The Political Implications of Sexual Transgression
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Michigan
Rituals of Re-Reading: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Women's History
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University
The Female Academic's World of Love and Ritual: Women's History and Radical Feminism
Claire Potter, The New School for Public Engagement
Sex, Signs, and Sensibility: Feminist Institutionalization and Its Discontent
Suzanna Walters, Northeastern University

Saturday, April 18

10:50 am - 12:20 pm

Queer Archives in the "Show Me" State
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on the Status of LGBTQ Historians and Histories
Chair: Holly Baggett, Missouri State University
• Anne Baker, Missouri State University
• Stuart Hinds, University of Missouri–Kansas City
• Sharon Smith, Missouri History Museum Library
• Steven Brawley, Independent Scholar
This session will be a discussion of historians, archivists, and independent scholars/activists on the challenges of creating and sustaining LGBT Archives in conservative geographies. This session will examine both the political realities of such archives as well as trends in regional/rural LGBT historiography versus national/urban studies.

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

Sex, Fitness, and Self-Control: Racial Hierarchies in U.S. Public Health Histories (1890–1995)
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Disability and Disability History
Chair and Commentator:
Victoria W. Wolcott, University at Buffalo, SUNY
The 1919 Chicago Commission on Race Relations' Commentary on Sex, Swimming, and the Racial Divide
Elizabeth Schlabach, Earlham College
Bad Blood" and "Good Doctors": Warnings from the U.S. Public Health Service to African-Americans during WWII
Jamie Wagman, Saint Mary's College
The Strange Career of Jiu-Jitsu: Race, Civilization, and Martial Arts in Turn-of the-Century American Culture
Robert Haulton, University of South Carolina
"Will This Faggot Be Tossed Into the Fire?": The Politics of the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Black Communities, 1980–1995
G. Elizabeth Sherouse, University of South Carolina