Omeka Exhibit

April 15th, 2014  Tagged , , , ,

I’ve still been a little bit confused about Omeka, but I think I’ve finally figured out the differences between exhibits, collections, and so on.

The exhibit that I am planning to create is about Frank Kameny, who was a huge contributor, and leader to the early LGBT Rights movement in DC. He was fired from his government job for being openly gay in the 1960s,and this led him to dedicate his life to the fight for equal rights. I plan to have him be the main focus of the exhibit, with sections about the Mattachine Society, and other people who worked closely with him. This will do a great job in answering my research question, because half of the question is dedicated to what Kameny contributed to the movement. He is what I’ve chosen to focus in on, since the LGBT movement is a proud topic.

I’m still re-organzing my Omeka site so that all of my items end up in a spot that uses them in the best way possible for my topic, but some of the items that I am planning on using are:

A brochure from Frank Kameny’s run for Congress: http://www.kamenypapers.org/memorabilia/kamey-congress-brochure.jpg

A petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, in the case of Franklin Edward Kameny v. Wilber M. Bruckner, Secretary of the Army, et al., in which Kameny was fired form his job for being gay: http://www.kamenypapers.org/memorabilia/kameny%20v%20brucker%20petition%20writ%20certiorari%201960.jpg

A passage from “Gay, Proud, and Healthy”, a statement regarding the psychiatric profession, by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings: //www.kamenypapers.org/correspondence/gayproudandhealthy.jpg

A Letter to President Lyndon Johnson, dated April 24, 1965, inquiring about a former employee who had been let go because of being gay: //www.kamenypapers.org/images/LBJ-04-24-65.jpg

A radio broadcast of Frank Kameny talking about gays in the government: http://rainbowhistory.omeka.net/items/show/75350

A photograph of Frank Kameny: http://rainbowhistory.omeka.net/items/show/132

I’ll probably find more items to add to this exhibit, especially when I add pages, because there is so much to include about Frank Kameny. These items will all work together to answer the question of who were some of the early contributors to the LGBT movement in DC, because these tell his story. They show his involvement and his impact on the movement from start to beginning. He was in involved in the political aspect of it, he started the protests, and he worked both grassroots, and upper level positions in the movement.




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