Vermont Folklife Center reopens with 'Pride'


EUAN BEAR WAS the editor of “Out in the Mountains” from 2002 to 2006. She was born in New Hampshire and graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she co-founded (in 1974) Maine’s second gay and lesbian student organization. Euan moved to Vermont in 1977. She was a member of the editorial committee of CommonWomon and wrote and edited for the Vermont Vanguard Press. She is an activist for all women, lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender persons, plus queer and questioning and nonbinary people. This portrait is part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s current exhibit “Pride 1983,” now on view in the Middlebury gallery and online. Photo courtesy of Vermont Folklife Center

The Vermont Folklife Center on Main Street in Middlebury reopened on Sep. 8 for in-person visitors. Come and see the current exhibit “Pride 1983” that explores the origins and lasting legacy of Burlington’s first LGBTQ2+ Pride celebration on June 25, 1983.

Curated by Meg Tamulonis of the Vermont Queer Archives — a program of the Pride Center of Vermont — “Pride 1983” draws on archival materials from that collection as well as from UVM Special Collections, the Out in the Open Andrews Inn Oral History Project, and the personal collections of those featured in the exhibition.

In addition, Tamulonis worked with the Vermont Folklife Center to conduct interviews with 12 activists and organizers crucial to the establishment of Pride in Burlington. The exhibit includes a series of stunning portrait photographs of these early pride founders taken by Brooklyn-based photographer and Bennington College alumnus, M. Sharkey.

Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More info at vermontfolklifecenter.org.

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