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History of Houston ARCH

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As a consortium, Houston ARCH exists on the basis of cooperative and collaborative public meetings among interested parties. This brief timeline documents some of the milestones that collaboration has achieved.



August 2008 – The downtown Houston Public Library hosted an LGBT History meeting as part of its monthly LGBT speaker series, bringing together a wide array of people who have been collecting Houston's LGBT history in some shape or form.


December 2008 – An informal lunch was held at Rice University, at which community members discussed the prospects for greater community coordination, and what next steps might look like.  The consensus was that not all of the stake-holders were involved in the conversation, and another meeting should be convened. 


January 28, 2009 – An initial Public Community Interest Meeting was held at the downtown Houston Public Library.


March 25, 2009 – The group picked a name – Houston ARCH (Area Rainbow Collective History).

Read the minutes of the March 2009 meeting.


Listen to the May 18 radio interview on KPFT's Queer Voices.


May 20, 2009 – This wiki was established; we decided to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; preparations made for Pride Houston 2009.

Read the minutes of the May 2009 meeting.


Read the June 2009 OutSmart articles on Houston's LGBT History:

"Preserving Houston's LGBT History" (p. 48)

"Houston's Transgender Archive" (p. 110)

See the various websites referred to in the June 2009 OutSmart articles by Brandon Wolf.

Read the NEH grant submitted July 2009.

Listen to the July 26 radio interview on KPFT's After Hours.


August 26, 2009 – Oral History Workshop conducted by Andrée Bourgeois.

Read the minutes of the August 2009 meeting.


October 2009 – Scheduled meeting postponed for “Out in the Silence” movie at Rice Cinema.


March 24, 2010 – Preparations for Pride 2010; presentation of a 10 minute video about Andy Mills, based on interviews collected by Andrée Bourgeois.

Read the minutes of the March 2010 meeting.


May 24 joint radio spot with Pride Houston on KPFT's Queer Voices.


May 26, 2010 - Preparations for Pride 2010; exploration of the need for a Board.

Read the minutes of the May 2010 meeting.


June 16, 2010 - Advisory Board meeting discussion

          Read the minutes of the June 2010 meeting.


October 27, 2010 - Jack Valinski Oral History presentation; discussion of priorities for 2010-2011

          Read the minutes of the October 2010 meeting.


January 26, 2011 - JD Doyle unveils Queer Music History 101; review of directions for the year

          Read the minutes of the January 2011 meeting.


March 30, 2011 - Pride 2011 preparations; formation of Grant Writing, Website, and Strategic Planning committees

          Read the minutes of the March 2011 meeting.


          April 4 joint radio spot with Botts Archive on KPFT's Queer Voices.


May 25, 2011 - Consolidation of Pride 2011 preparations; follow up on community outreach efforts

          Read the minutes of the May 2011 meeting.


August 24, 2011 - Strategic plan created for coming year; ARCH determined that primary short term goals included stabilizing facilities, establishing cataloging standards and practices, creating frameworks for fundraising, and upgrading digital presence.


October 26, 2011 - Updates from all organizations and evolution of outreach committee


January 25, 2012 - Grievances given on behalf of Mike Kelly, who passed away January 20, 2012; more updates from organizations and committees


March 28, 2012 - Pride preparations begin; ARCH begins the discussion of applying for The Houston Endowment


May 30, 2012 - Consolidation of Pride 2012 preparations; Discussion of group progress on The Houston Endowment application

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