Same-Sex Love and Desire Throughout the Ages

Same-Sex Love and Desire Throughout the Ages

As a hot topic and mainstream subject matter these days, rarely do we ever think about the LGBT movement as having a much of a history, but it does.  Uncovering and unveiling what has been considered until recent years taboo, author Sue Ferentinos explores the topic through the lens of the nation’s museums and exhibits in her new book, “Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites.” says, This guide complements efforts to make museums and historic sites more inclusive, so they may tell a richer story for all people. 

Don’t you just love that?

We do!  We absolutely love the spirit with which this book was written because while there’s a lot of people doing a lot of good things in the here and now, Ferentinos takes it a step back and in doing so, a step further.  Her book does the community beautiful justice, encompassing the larger scope by including the past, calling forth recognition and teaching us a new way of seeing how this community has indeed existed whether or not the world acknowledged it before now.

In addition to a discussion of LGBT history exhibits around the country, the book offers an overview of the history of same-sex love and desire in the United States from the colonial period to the present.

We can’t wait read this and hope this book becomes part of the classic collections of bookshelves across America.

More information can be found on the publisher’s website:

Order a copy now and get a discount.  For the month of December, the press (Rowman Littlefield) is offering a 30% discount with the coupon code RLWEB3014.

Here’s what people are saying:

“Timely and well-crafted, Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites is a must-read not only for professionals working with collections in museums, archives, libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions, but also for anyone in the communities they seek to engage. Ferentinos provides a convincing rationale for why LGBT history and interpretation matters, as well as a clear framework for how it can – and should – be shared. Readers will find much to consider, reference, and, perhaps more importantly, apply.”

— Wesley J. Chenault, Curator, “Unspoken Past: Atlanta’s Lesbian and Gay History”

“This groundbreaking work thoughtfully documents seminal projects in the interpretation of LGBT history and also lights a path forward for those committed to a more inclusive approach to public history.”

— Bill Adair, co-author, Letting Go? Sharing Historical Authority in a User-Generated World

“This book has something for everyone interested in history, museums, and historic site interpretation. The historical overview should be required reading for all who think they know the history of the United States. Curators, historic site managers, archivists, and librarians, among others, will discover many ways to challenge any preconceived ideas of the lives documented and interpreted in their collections or at their sites. Equally important, they will find myriad resources to answer their questions in this well-written and provocative volume.”
— Barbara J. Howe, historian and associate professor emerita, West Virginia University



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