Lunchtime Lagniappe: Before They’re Gone

LGBTQ+ sites—including homes, bars, bookstores, and meeting places—are at risk of disappearing. Attend Lunchtime Lagniappe on Friday, June 23 from 12:15-12:45 pm at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum to learn about Snapshots and Memories of At-risk Queer Spaces Through Virtual Tours and Oral Histories with Dr. Catherine Cooper.

The National Center for Preservation, Technology & Training (NCPTT) is working with partners across Louisiana and the South to document at-risk sites as identified by local queer communities and collect memories of why these sites are important. The Faerie Playhouse in New Orleans was documented in 2022 as the template for the work moving forward.  The Faerie Playhouse was the home of Stewart Butler, an activist for human rights and the LGBTQ+ community and remains important to the local community after Stewart’s passing in March 2020.

Dr. Catherine Cooper is a Research Scientist in the Technical Services Program at NCPTT. She is assisting with in-house research and providing technical preservation consulting and services to other NPS units and beyond. Dr. Cooper earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeological Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., where she specialized in using light stable isotope analysis to understand human dietary variation. Prior to joining NCPTT, she completed postdoctoral work at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and the Arizona State Museum.

This event is free and open to the public. Visitors are welcome to bring their lunch and eat during the presentation. Call (318) 357-2492 for more information.