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Fenton-Snell, Butch, Danielle Fraser, Jarod Wescot 2018 University of Southern Maine

Fenton-Snell, Butch, Danielle Fraser, Jarod Wescot

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Butch is 68 years old and was born in Youngstown Ohio, One of 6 children, Moved to Maine in 1980 to be with his husband. Family life was relatively normal for Butch in terms of coming out. However his father was not very emotionally available in general. Butch Knew he was gay from a very young age and did not feel as if he was ever confused about his sexuality. Butch later joined the military and was in the Vietnam War. Continued to move to different states and eventually ended up in Maine later becoming owner of Blackstones in Portland ...


Brushaber, Skip, Jack Barrett, Branden Pratt 2018 University of Southern Maine

Brushaber, Skip, Jack Barrett, Branden Pratt

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Skip Brushaber is a 71-year old gay man who uses he/his/him pronouns. Skip worked as a nurse and social worker during the AIDS crisis. He was born in Buffalo, New York, on January 9th, 1947. Skip studied English in college but later became a nurse and social worker. He lived in New York and Pennsylvania before moving to Portland in 1980. He helped found the AIDS Project in 1983, a group in Portland that helped support individuals dealing with AIDS, and founded and wrote for Our Paper throughout the 80s, an LGBTQ paper aimed at covering issues related ...


Kawamoto, Eric, Cosette Holmes, Tiana Cope-Ferland 2018 University of Southern Maine

Kawamoto, Eric, Cosette Holmes, Tiana Cope-Ferland

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

To completely understand of the history of an oppressed community, we must understand the personal stories of the members of that community. To dig deeper into their stories, the Querying the Past project at the University of Southern Maine collects interviews illuminating the struggle. Specifically, queer people have long struggled to balance their identities in society, overcome discrimination, gain legal rights, and survive disease. This interview with Eric Kawamoto reveals a journey of self-discovery in Chicago, L.A., Boston, and Portland; an intersection between being Asian American and being queer; and survival of AIDS as a result of reserve. Kawamoto ...


Cusack, Ralph, Hannah Cain 2018 University of Southern Maine

Cusack, Ralph, Hannah Cain

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Ralph Cusack was born in Maine and has lived most of his life in the state. He is one of the founders of The Harbor Masters of Portland Maine, men’s leather club, and an active member of the leather community and a navy veteran. This interview covers his participation in the harbor masters of portland maine, living through the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80s, his participation in many years of gay pride events and the march on Washington in 1987, owning the gay bar, Blackstones in Portland, ME, and his service in the US navy.


Hopkins, Susan, Ysanne Bethel 2018 University of Southern Maine

Hopkins, Susan, Ysanne Bethel

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Susan Hopkins is a 53-year-old member of the LGBTQIA community, living in Westbrook, Maine. Susan grew up with her family on the small island of Vinalhaven in Penobscot Bay, hearing tales of her anti-racist bisexual aunt. A self-identified feminist in her adolescence, Susan recognized that she was not straight early on, but did not feel safe to come out in her small community. Going to the University of Maine, Orono, Susan experienced her first lesbian relationship and taste of chosen family. Eventually, Susan found herself at the Howard University School of Law, where she interned at Whitman Walter Clinic in ...


Leveille, Lee, Adele Hayward 2018 University of Southern Maine

Leveille, Lee, Adele Hayward

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Lee Leveille is a 30-year-old Californian transplant that grew up in Sumner and Greene, ME. S/he works as an intentional peer support specialist in central Maine and is currently finishing up his/her bachelor’s in Psychology and Community Studies at the University of Maine at Machias. S/he is an active member of his/her local synagogue after beginning the conversion process to Judaism in 2016.

Lee considers him/herself to be a transgender butch, or someone who lives simultaneously as both a butch woman and transman. His/her pronouns are thus conditional in order to provide him ...


Elias, Richard, Benjamin Cornwall 2018 University of Southern Maine

Elias, Richard, Benjamin Cornwall

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Richard Elias grew up in Northern Maine and moved to Portland at a young age. In this interview, we discuss: coming out as a gay man, his family life, his experience with Portland gay bars (The Phoenix, Roland’s and Blackstones), some of his travel stories, his love for dancing, and the effect of the AIDS epidemic on his life.


Ward, Jeffrey, Benjamin Cornwall 2018 University of Southern Maine

Ward, Jeffrey, Benjamin Cornwall

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Jeffrey Ward, from Northern Maine, talks about his experience interacting with the Portland LGBTQ community and his experience coming out as a gay man at the age of 47. Some subjects include: his experience with the Casco Gay Men group, Portland Pride Parade, The Front Porch, Blackstones, his involvement in the Methodist Church, his family life, and how he met his partner of 16 years.


Maceachern, Meredith, Skylar Hebert, Emma Chapin 2018 University of Southern Maine

Maceachern, Meredith, Skylar Hebert, Emma Chapin

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Meredith MacEachern is a 25 year old graduate of Acadia University in Canada, and has completed the Stonecoast MFA program. The only child of two archeologists, Meredith spent her childhood in Canada and South Africa, with most of her middle and high school years in Brunswick, Maine. She is passionate about activism for the indigenous populations of Canada, and uses her voice as a writer to speak about stigma towards psychosis and mental illness. She is hoping to move back to Canada in the next year and act as a supporter of justice for indigenous peoples.


World War I And The People Of The Purchase, Caroline Mikez, David Pizzo 2018 Murray State University

World War I And The People Of The Purchase, Caroline Mikez, David Pizzo

Posters-at-the-Capitol

Title: World War I and The People of the Purchase

Author: Cari Mikez

Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Pizzo

Department: Murray State History Department

ABSTRACT

The extensive impacts of World War I pervaded society on a global scale during the early twentieth century. The United States officially joined the international conflict in April of 1917 by aligning with the Triple Entente composed of Britain, France and Russia in the fight against the central European powers of Germany, Austro-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. In a similar fashion as the other warring nations, the American war effort depended on the development of a ...


What Can Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Teach Us About Changing Our Approach To Human Activity And Environmental Stewardship In Order To Reduce The Severity Of Climate Change?, John G. Hansen, Rose Antsanen 2018 University of Saskatchewan

What Can Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Teach Us About Changing Our Approach To Human Activity And Environmental Stewardship In Order To Reduce The Severity Of Climate Change?, John G. Hansen, Rose Antsanen

The International Indigenous Policy Journal

Many Indigenous communities living on traditional lands have not contributed significantly to harmful climate change. Yet, they are the most likely to be impacted by climate change. This article discusses environmental stewardship in relation to Indigenous experiences and worldviews. Indigenous knowledge teaches us about environmental stewardship. It speaks of reducing the severity of climate change and of continued sustainable development. The methodology that directs this research is premised on the notion that the wisdom of the Elders holds much significance for addressing the harmful impacts of climate change in the present day. This article's fundamental assumption is that Indigenous ...


Heritage, Tradition, And Craft In Quiltmaking (Fa 1131), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Heritage, Tradition, And Craft In Quiltmaking (Fa 1131), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1131. Collection contains Interviews, photographs, and informant data sheets relating to Sandy Staebell's project with quiltmakers in Allen County and Monroe County, Kentucky and Macon County, Tennessee for the 2017-2018 Osby Lee Hire and Lillian K. Garrison Hire Memorial Lecture Series.


100 Kilometers To Freedom: Women's Stories Of Escape During The 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Cameron Mitchell 2018 Agnes Scott College

100 Kilometers To Freedom: Women's Stories Of Escape During The 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Cameron Mitchell

Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC)

“100 Kilometers to Freedom: Women’s Stories of Escape During the 1956 Hungarian Revolution” looks at the way people fled Hungary after the uprising against the Soviet rulers, specifically through the lens of Hungarian women. The paper follows the process of escape through resettlement and analyzes the various ways people escaped and resettled. In this paper I argue that, though escape routes and methods were wildly varied and resettlement went differently for everyone, those fleeing were often motivated to do so for political reasons.

This paper relies on a variety of primary source materials, including a collection of oral histories ...


Elizabeth Brookbank Interview 2018, Kalea Borling, Jessica Tidwell, Carlos Guerrero, Nicholas Howes 2018 Western Oregon University

Elizabeth Brookbank Interview 2018, Kalea Borling, Jessica Tidwell, Carlos Guerrero, Nicholas Howes

Oral Histories of Western Oregon University

In a short interview, Elizabeth Brookbank discusses her experiences of working as an Instruction Librarian at Western Oregon University. She describes her responsibilities, accomplishments, and current academic work.


Marie Lejeune Interview 2018, Skylar Acuna, James Owens, Maricela Martinez, Jake Ruger 2018 Western Oregon University

Marie Lejeune Interview 2018, Skylar Acuna, James Owens, Maricela Martinez, Jake Ruger

Oral Histories of Western Oregon University

In a short interview, Marie LeJeune discusses her experiences working as a Professor of Education and Leadership as a part of the College of Education at Western Oregon. She describes her responsibilities and interactions with students. She also explains how she arrived at Western Oregon University, as well as her work on the Notable Children's Book Committee for American Library Association.


Peter Callero Interview 2018, Antonia Scholerman, Clifton Eddie, Erica Scoggins 2018 Western Oregon University

Peter Callero Interview 2018, Antonia Scholerman, Clifton Eddie, Erica Scoggins

Oral Histories of Western Oregon University

In an interview with Dr. Peter Callero, he describes his experiences as a Professor of Sociology here at Western Oregon University. Dr. Callero touches on his role in the beginnings of the Sociology department at WOU in 1985, the first Higher Education faculty strike in Oregon, and a program teaching inmates at the State Penitentiary, the women's correctional facility, and the Oregon State Correctional Institution. With the offer of cookies, Mark Henkles, Professor of Public Policy and Administration and Political Science, unionization emerges as a theme. Additionally Dr. Callero discusses the coming changes to the Sociology Department at Western ...


Rebecca Chiles Interview 2018, Brant Cheeley, Edward Semanski, Matthew Capallen 2018 Western Oregon University

Rebecca Chiles Interview 2018, Brant Cheeley, Edward Semanski, Matthew Capallen

Oral Histories of Western Oregon University

In a short interview, Rebecca Chiles discusses her experiences
working as the Public Safety Director. She describes her responsibilities and interactions with students. She also explains how she arrived at Western Oregon University, her day to day routine, and her experience at Western since she came on in 2015.


Quezada, Alzenira, Wendy Chapkis 2018 University of Southern Maine

Quezada, Alzenira, Wendy Chapkis

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Alzenira Quezada, also known as Lady Zen, is a queer artist, singer and performer. Quezada was born to Brazillian parents and raised by white adoptive parents who were members of the Church of the Nazarene, a branch of evangelical Christianity. She was cut off by her adoptive parents when she came out at 17. She studied music at Evergreen College in Washington State. She grew up in Arkansas and spent many years in Portland, Maine before moving to Mexico where she currently resides. Quezada owns a production company in Mexico and also works at a queer run bar. Her current ...


Mike Cusack, Former Director Of Athletics, Wright State University, Dan Abrahamowicz, Mike Cusack 2018 Wright State University - Main Campus

Mike Cusack, Former Director Of Athletics, Wright State University, Dan Abrahamowicz, Mike Cusack

Wright State University Retirees Association Oral History Project

Dan Abrahamowicz interviewed Mike Cusack on October 15, 2018 about his time as former director of athletics at Wright State University. In the interview Cusack discusses his early life, education, his time at Wright State University, and more.


The Spanish Civil War Memory Archive: Creating Access To International Exchange, Andrea R. Davis 2018 Bucknell University

The Spanish Civil War Memory Archive: Creating Access To International Exchange, Andrea R. Davis

Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference

The Spanish Civil War Memory Project consists of over one hundred audiovisual testimonies of victims, militants, survivors, and witnesses of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Francoist repression (1939-1975). The testimonies were recorded by graduate student researchers between 2006 and 2010 as part of an initiative of UC San Diego in collaboration with several human rights associations in Spain. To make the archive that resulted from this collaboration a more user-friendly and media-rich experience, we are now in the process of training student researchers to digitally enhance the collected testimonies with the web-based system OHMS. In these efforts we aim ...


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