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December 16, 2019 - January 14, 2020
"The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania"
State Library Reading Room, Keystone Building

The Long Road to LGBTQ+ Equality in Pennsylvania is a traveling history exhibit that chronicles the efforts activists have undertaken in Pennsylvania to achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people. With the lack of success in passing statewide legislative protections from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and education, activists have been working for more than five decades to obtain these protections one battle at a time, one municipality at a time. The exhibit uses case studies of several cities and townships to highlight not just the political struggles, but the personal stories as well. This exhibit debuted in February 2019, the 50th anniversary year of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a pivotal event in the LGBTQ+ movement toward equality.

This exhibit tells these stories through historical narrative, photographs and video of oral history first person accounts of activists involved in the struggles to achieve protection from discrimination. Along the way, they faced some of the very discrimination they were seeking to protect their community from, including harassment, physical assault, arson, and bombings.

The exhibit can be seen inside the State Library reading room in the Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA  17120. The exhibit will be on display from December 16, 2019 through January 14, 2020. The Library is open Monday through Thursday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM and the second Saturday of each month.

February 6, 2020
Book Club Meeting
Noon to 1pm, Keystone Conference Center River Room, Keystone Building

We'll discuss Heartland: A memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, the One Book One Community Selection for Central Pennsylvania.

About the book:

People usually think of the heartland of the United States as a bounty of agriculture and a place where comfort abounds. This memoir traces the life of Sarah among the life of the working poor. Intergenerational poverty and life choices affect the lives of this Kansas farm family.

Location update:

This is a new meeting place for us with the relocation of the State Library's services to the Keystone Building for the next few years. When you enter the Keystone Building from North Street, go up the steps into the Atrium and turn right into the first hallway. The center is on the right-hand side. Come into the Conference center and you will see where we are set up.

Books read for this club are available in a variety of formats at your local library. Commonwealth employees can also use EZBorrow to have it delivered right to the State Library.

Registration for the Book Club is not required. Contact Kathy Hale ( or 717-787-2327 for answers to questions or for more information.