National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe Guilford Green Foundation is partnering with the University Libraries of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to apply for a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   The goal of the project, “PRIDE! of the Community: Document LGBTQ+ History in the Triad,” is to preserve and make accessible the history of the LGBTQ+ community of the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina by organizing outreach opportunities in which the LGBTQ+ community will submit personal items for digitization and description, creating digital content chronicling the history of the population. Although the Triad contains such a large LGBTQ+ population bolstered by financially strong nonprofit organizations, there is no institution within the Triad formally collecting or preserving the history of this community.

This proposed project would be the first large-scale initiative to document the LGBTQ+ history of the Triad. Given the unique cultural climate of North Carolina historically and presently, it is anticipated that modern materials will reflect political themes, especially in relation to North Carolina Amendment 1, House Bill 2, and House Bill 780. Additionally, with over twenty institutions of higher education in the area, there will be documents and artifacts relating to LGBTQ+ student groups, including representation from three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Grant funding support the purchase of scanners and laptops that will be used at community scanning days.  Staff from UNCG will provide onsite digitization of photographs and print materials brought in by members of the LGBTQ+ community.  Additionally, the grant will support outreach efforts that include a panel discussion with members of the community as well as exhibits of the digitized materials.  We look forward to the opportunity of working together to document the rich history of the LGBTQ+ community in Greensboro.