Leather Archives & Museum makes 25th Anniversary FREE for community

CHICAGO – The Leather Archives & Museum announced Friday, Aug. 26, that its 25th anniversary celebration will be free for community members. The anniversary celebrations will be Sept. 16 through 18.

Sponsorships for the LA&M’s 25th Anniversary Weekend have been going well, so the decision was made to make the majority of the anniversary weekend programming free for the public to attend.

Anyone who purchased tickets/packages previously for the Anniversary Weekend will have their money refunded and will be notified by LA&M. They will have free reserved seats for all programs and an invitation to the banquet dinner Saturday night. All sponsors and other previously invited guests will have reserved seats for all programs and an invitation to the banquet.

The Saturday night banquet dinner will be now be invitation-only, with guests consisting of people who previously registered, invited guests and sponsors. At this point, the banquet is at full capacity. LA&M will post notifications if/when the museum is able to extend additional invitations for the banquet dinner.

Plans for the museum’s 25th Anniversary Weekend include: numerous receptions; educational programming; a premiere screening of the documentary film “By The People: 25 Years of Community Archiving at Leather Archives & Museum” directed by Christina Court; a Q&A with educator, activist, author, psychotherapist and IML 1989 Guy Baldwin; an invitation-only banquet dinner; after parties; and, of course, tours of the museum itself. Seating (except for reserved seating for sponsors and those who previously registered) will be on a first-come, first-served basis for events at the museum. Donations to the museum will be gladly accepted, as all donations go to supporting ongoing programming at the LA&M.

The entire schedule for the weekend is available at http://www.leatherarchives.org/anniversary/schedule.html.