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PRIDE! of the Community Holds First Scanning Event

The first scanning event for UNC Greensboro’s PRIDE! of the Community project was held on May 19. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guilford Green Foundation, the PRIDE! project hopes to record the often invisible history of the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to North Carolina, especially in the Triad area and Greensboro.

Digital Projects Coordinator David Gwynn, Special Collections Technician Stacey Krim, and Manuscripts Archivist Jennifer Motszko were all present at the first scanning event to ensure the transition from physical to digital went smoothly. Most of the items they scanned during the first event were from one of their partners, the Guilford Green Foundation. They hope that as time goes on, more LGBTQ+ people and organizations will take advantage of the PRIDE! scanning days.

These events serve as a way to create digital copies of physical items such as photographs, t-shirts, organizational newsletters and records, bar or club fliers, protest signs, activism materials, and/or letters and postcards, that will stand the test of time. “Our intention is to get the LGBT[Q+] community excited about their own history,” says Motszko.

The team hopes to digitize material from the LGBTQ+ community as a whole and historically underrepresented groups within the community, such as people of color, women, older people, and transgender individuals. However, Gwynn clarifies, “Anybody who’s got a story to tell, we want to hear from, or [anyone who] has stuff that might be of interest.”

Motszko spoke to her excitement about the project, saying, “I really love this project because Greensboro has had such a large population of people in the LGBTQ[+] community...and having a very sort of quiet, undocumented group just kind of breaks my heart. So I think that the significance in this project is getting these groups...and having them also see the significance in their history.”

PRIDE! of the Community’s next scanning event will be on June 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Guilford Green Foundation. Visit the event page for more details.

Written by Jules Miller

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