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When the Bar was the Only Place in Town

Queer Voices Lecture Series

When the Bar was the Only Place in Town

Every city has its meeting places, where like-minded people go to socialize. For nearly a century in pre-Stonewall, pre-liberation San Francisco, bars were the only public places where gays and lesbians could meet openly. Those storefronts created a sense of community by establishing a “neighborhood” feeling that came from a shared identity rather than geography.

Discover the forgotten history of San Francisco’s gay bars from the 1890s through the 1980’s in this entertaining talk by historian Ellen Klages, author of the award-winning queer SF novel, Passing Strange.

Lecture: $10

Lecture and 2:00pm Tour: $20 ($5 savings)

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American Bookbinders Museum

The American Bookbinders Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, celebrating and exploring the history, tools and stories of bookbinders and bookbinding, from its earliest forms through the changes and innovations of the industrial revolution.

In addition to the craft and artistry of binding, we focus on the stories of the men, women, and children who worked in binderies.

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