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Queer History Webinar: The AIDS Quilt

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Thursday, May 21, 2020,
4pm - 5pm

Online via Zoom


Hear from local historians in this new webinar series celebrating the recently launched virtual exhibition, Queer Santa Cruz.

In 1985 the AIDS quilt idea was developed in San Francisco by Cleve Jones and others. In 1989, portions of the quilt were exhibited at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium where the people of Santa Cruz were able to add to the quilt. It has since grown to more than 50,000 brightly colored and hand-crafted 3-by-6 panels commemorating the lives of more than 105,000 people who died of AIDS or related illnesses.

Hear from Cleve Jones, Terry Cavanaugh, Jo Kinney, and Lark Letchworth who helped make bring this project to Santa Cruz.

See previous Santa Cruz Queer History webinars and the Santa Cruz County LGBTQ History Timeline.

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The Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt on display near the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. in October 1992. Then 21,000 panels, the quilt has more than doubled by 2019.

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In the News

"The AIDS Memorial Quilt is returning home to San Francisco, where it was first conceived and created in 1987 as an artistic expression of defiance against the deadly disease that ultimately claimed hundreds of thousands of lives."

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Webinar Series Info

In April the MAH was supposed to open a Santa Cruz Queer History Exhibit created in partnership with the Diversity Center. However, due to the shelter in place orders, the MAH will unveil the exhibit online first. To help you “view” the different parts of the exhibit, learn more about our queer history and keep the MAH & Diversity Center working together while working from home the two organizations are initiating a series of webinars about the different stories related to Santa Cruz Queer History.

Stay tuned for more webinars, behind the scene tours, and the virtual exhibit coming soon.

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