Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project

Sexual minority history in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest

Shelly's Leg sign

Do you remember ...

-- the Third Name Society
-- the police payoffs in the 60s
-- the United Ebony Council
-- Madame Peabody's
-- the Lesbians of Color Caucus
-- the Index campground
-- Jewish-Lesbian potlucks
-- the Gay Community Center
-- the Elwha land trust
-- Jamma Phi &
   the High Heel Races
-- living in a collective house
-- the Coffee Coven
   or . . .
-- the Berdache Society


Tell us your stories.

Add your voice to The Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project's oral history collection.


At this site you can find:

Samples of oral history we've collected:
    -- Peter Wichern: The man on the cover
    -- Excerpts from Mosaic 1

FAQ -- what to expect in an oral history interview
     and the wording of our release form
Questionnaire -- useful topics when interviewing LGBT elders
Guidelines for transcribing oral history interviews
Reading lists about LGBT history and culture
Links to LGBT history sites around the world
Links to oral history resources
Links to community history resources in Washington state

Mission statement:

The Northwest Lesbian and Gay History Museum Project (NWGLHMP, or The History Project), founded in 1994, is an organization which researches, interprets and communicates the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Pacific Northwest for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment. Recognizing that the history of this vibrant community has been sparsely and inaccurately recorded, the History Project seeks to:

collect oral histories; locate photographs, ephemera, objects and documents; and work with archives to insure the preservation of these materials; and

create public programs such as exhibits, publications and presentations to communicate the collective experience we have uncovered.

To contact us:

1122 E. Pike St., PMB#797
Seattle, WA 98122

email (new, as of July 2019):

Now available:

Claiming Space

Claiming Space: Seattle's Lesbian & Gay Historical Geography

graphical depiction of the growth of Seattle's gay and lesbian community in the 20th Century

Mosaic1: Life Stories

Mosaic 1: Life Stories
from isolation to community

stories from NWLGHMP's oral history collection; 260 pages


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Many thanks to Richard Isaac
for hosting our former site.

© 2002 NWLGHMP