Programs and Events
50 Years Since Stonewall: Our Modern History
Co-sponsored with LexPride and Greater Boston PFLAG
Thursday, June 20, 7 PM, at the Depot
The spark that lit the flame of the modern movement of LGBT liberation came in June of 1969, when a police raid on a gay bar in New York was met with sudden, violent, public opposition. Following an era of staunch conformity and fear, 60s counterculture allowed for the oppressed to fight back, and Pride has been a national topic ever since. The years following this event have seen a massive change in the way that America handles LGBT issues, from legality, to marriage, and mental health, and there is still a long way left to go.
Dr. Gary Bailey, Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Social Work, will outline the last 50 years of LGBT history. Following the presentation, a panel discussion with Lexington residents from a variety of age groups will share LGBT coming-of-age experiences within the different eras of a fast-changing world.
Dr. Bailey has served in distinguished leadership roles as the immediate past President of the International Federation of Social Workers, past President of the National Association of Social Workers and past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW.
$5 suggested donation.
Declaring Independence: Then and Now
Thursday, July 4, 7 PM, at the Depot
Our annual 4th of July event once again features a collaboration with Freedom's Way - hear the story of the Declaration of Independence from the perspective of our local towns. Local costumed reenactors will read and explain the Declaration in this dramatic performance, followed by a rebuttal from one of His Majesty's representatives. Narrated by Dr. William Fowler, History Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University.
Rounding out the night is a performance by our Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers. Sing along to your favorite early American patriotic songs like Yankee Doodle, and learn a few more. Free ice cream will also be provided!
Free and open to the public!
Wine and beer at our events is generously donated by Busa Wine and Spirits.