The History Project Pride tour archives

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  • Photo: DSL Communications

  • Joan Ilacqua (left), co-chair of the board of directors for The History Project, leads a group of MIT students through the LGBTQ history of Boston.

    Photo: DSL Communications

  • The History Project Pride tour archives

    Photo: DSL Communications

  • Joan Ilacqua (left), co-chair of the board of directors for The History Project, leads a group of MIT students through the LGBTQ history of Boston.

    Photo: DSL Communications

PKG Summer Series: Documenting, preserving, and sharing Boston’s LGBTQ history

Through the PKG Summer Series, students follow the trail of the first-ever Boston Pride parade and view archives of early LGBTQ activism in Boston.

Nicole Cooper Division of Student Life

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On July 12, a group of MIT students, staff, and faculty embarked on The History Project’s Pride Tour. The two-hour tour was led by Joan Ilacqua, co-chair of the board of directors for The History Project, which aims “to document, preserve, and share Boston’s LGBTQ history.”

Students connected with Ilacqua as part of the Priscilla King Gray (PKG) Center’s Summer Series, a program that offers numerous community service and engagement opportunities for students throughout the summer. All programs are free for the MIT community, and each allows them to explore and contribute to the greater Boston area through community service and outreach.

The tour followed the trail of the first-ever Boston Pride parade, while highlighting various historic LGBTQ landmarks. The day ended with a visit to The History Project’s archives. Here, students were able to see firsthand various historical documents beyond what they had learned on the tour, including posters, photographs, and newspaper clippings from Boston’s early days of LGBTQ activism.


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