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Unboxing Queer History is a podcast from Gerber/Hart Library and Archives.

Each of the 8 episodes in Unboxing Queer History focus on a different story from the LGBTQ history inside of Gerber/Hart’s collections and archives. The episodes range from discussions of the importance of a LGBTQ circulating library to Chicago drag history and include interviews with community leaders, volunteers, researchers, and local historians. 

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 Episode Release Schedule

  • February 1: “The Dirty Old Lady” – Chicago Drag History and the Mystery of Miss Tillie
  • February 15: A Library and Archives for Us: The Story of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
  • March 1: Amigas Latinas – Latina, Queer and Together
  • March 15: People Like Us – So Much More Than a Bookstore
  • April 5: Lorrainne Sade Baskerville -- Joy, Survival, and Legacy
  • April 19: GALS Just Want to Have Fun: A Lesbian Fishing Group for Chicago

Pride Month Episodes

  • June 14: Bill Kelley – A Lifetime of Chicago Activism
  • June 28: Queers Read This – 90s Queer Activism and Exhibits at Gerber/Hart


The podcast is produced by audio artist and producer Ari Mejia and co-edited by Erin Bell and Jen Dentel. Artwork by Mere Montgomery and theme music by Danny Robles.

This podcast was made possible by a My Library Is grant from RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System).

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