One of the great challenges for public historians in LGBTQ history is finding and developing interpretation of the history of sexuality for public audiences at current historic sites. This article answers this challenge by repositioning historic house museums as sites of some of the most important LGBTQ public history we have, by using the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a case study. At this house museum, we can re-see historical interpretation through a queer lens and take on histories that have been until recently “slandered, ignored, and erased” from our public narratives of the past.1
The Queerest House in Cambridge
Hilary Iris Lowe is an assistant professor in the History Department and an affiliate faculty member in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at Temple University. Her first book, Mark Twain’s Homes and Literary Tourism, was published in 2012 and she co-edited along with Jennifer Harris the collection From Page to Place: American Literary Tourism and the Afterlives of Authors (2017).
Hilary Iris Lowe; The Queerest House in Cambridge. The Public Historian 1 May 2019; 41 (2): 44–69. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2019.41.2.44
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