October is LGBT History Month and if you need a bit of education on some of the leading figures of the 19th and 20th century then a special tour at Green-Wood Cemetery will provide some answers.
This weekend you can hop on a trolley and take a ride while learning more about the LGBT figures who make up some of the “permanent residents” of the historic cemetery. Spots along the tour will include the grave sites of Paul Jabara, co-writer of “It’s Raining Men,” and Emma Stebbins, sculptor of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. The tour will be lead by Andrew Dolkart and Ken Lustbader, Co-Directors of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project.
The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project was begun in 2015. It uses research gathered over 25 years by the organization’s founders to boost public awareness of the significance of the sites as well as the LGBT community’s role in the history of the U.S. In addition to documenting and mapping historic locations, the group is working to nominate sites to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service, which oversees the National Register of Historic Places, announced an LBGTQ Heritage Theme Study in 2014, part of an effort to expand the diversity of American history represented on the Register.
The “Gay Green-Wood” tour takes place on Sunday, October 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and $20 for members Green-Wood and Brooklyn Historical Society. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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