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Oral history project celebrates and preserves LGBTQ history at Virginia Tech

Several campus groups began a project last year to collect and archive information related to the LGBTQ experience at Virginia Tech.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, an exhibit, “Sharing Our Voices: A Celebration of the Virginia Tech LGBTQ Oral History Project,” will feature archives, interviews, images, films, and a new web archive highlighting LGBTQ history.

The exhibit will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 and from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in Newman Library’s Multipurpose Room and in Special Collections at 560 Drillfield Drive in Blacksburg. Throughout October, a digital exhibit and book display outside the Multipurpose Room will allow visitors to access the new web archive, view materials from the archive, and browse LGBTQ-related books available from Newman Library.

The University Archives of the University Libraries began an archive at the request of the Ex Lapide Alumni Society, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer alumni network at Virginia Tech, which sought to document the history of the LGBTQ experience at Virginia Tech.

Read more about Sharing Our Voices and the LGBTQ Oral History Project at VT News.