Join us Wednesday, Dec. 6, 4:30-7 pm, tour the Old Governor’s Residence at 130 East Gilman prior to its renovation and enjoy an illustrated presentation by historian Gary Tipler on the legislative work of former State Representative David Clarenbach who achieved the passage and signing of AB70, the first state-wide Gay Rights law in the country.
Clarenbach accomplished this while living down the street in a modest house at 123 West Gilman Street, also the residence of other young men and women who undertook ground-breaking work resulting in LGBTQ civil rights work and legislation at the city and county level in the 1970s and 80s. They included the Wuennenberg sisters and friends who helped reorganize the University Y and build up the Women’s Transit Authority, Alder Jim Yeadon — the fourth ‘out’ elected gay official in the nation, County Supervisor Lynn Haanen who co-sponsored Dane County’s non-descrimination ordinance and Earl Bricker, Governor Tony Earl’s liaison on Lesbian & Gay Issues. Learn about their stories and the effort to have these LGBT histories acknowledged by a Landmark designation of the house, which would be of nation-wide significance.
The talk will start at 5:30 followed by State Representative Chris Taylor, who will introduce the guest of honor, David Clarenbach.
The Clarenbach House Project is promoting awareness of LGBTQ civil rights history of the important work done at the Clarenbach House at 123 West Gilman. Community participation is requested. Join the effort. Contact: Leslie Christopherson Schroeder, Chair, Clarenbach House Project, 608-220-2011, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested $25, students $10. Sponsors, $50 and up. Contributions of any amount are welcomed and may be made to OutReach, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. (608) 255-8582, http://www.lgbtoutreach.org/?q=node/24 Tap Donate, enter ‘Clarenbach’ under Special Instructions, or call for a card payment.
Lynn Haanen, Lora Wuennenberg, Kathleen Nichols, Ricardo Gonzalez, Representative Terese Beaceau, John Tortorice, Callen Harty, Representative Chris Taylor, James Steakley, Bob Klebba & David Waugh, Patrick Brenzel, John Quinlan, Joseph Muenich, Steve Starkey, Richard Kilmer, Donna Winter & Liz Dannenbaum, Ross Wuennenberg, Tom DeChant, Representative Melissa Sargent, Earl Bricker, Leslie Schroeder, Joe Lusson and Aleen Tierny, Kyle Richmond & Ken Monteleone, Martha Crawford, Dorla Mayer, Virginia Boyd, and Jim Yeadon.
The event will be hosted by David Waugh and Bob Klebba, owners of the Governor’s Mansion Inn, which is soon to be renovated.
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