The Eugene Lesbian History Project is a community-based, digital humanities project that preserves and shares the unique history of the lesbian community in Eugene, Oregon. Outliers and Outlaws: The Eugene Lesbian History Project includes filmed oral histories with 83 narrators, a digital exhibit, and a documentary film. Click to visit the project website.
The Outliers and Outlaws digital exhibit offers visitors more than 20 short composite videos that draw from the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Archive to tell fascinating stories about the Eugene lesbian community, the women who created and sustained it, and experiences of being lesbian over the past 75 years. Click to tour the exhibit.
Outliers and Outlaws is a full-length documentary that uncovers the history of the large and vibrant lesbian community of Eugene, Oregon. Women who migrated to Eugene in the 1960s-80s candidly share stories that reveal the power of courageous and creative living. Outliers and Outlaws presents a model of how to live in hard times Click to screen a 10 minute fundraising sample.
Outliers and Outlaw
Digital Humanities Project
Narrative: In February 2020, collaborators including project director Dr. Judith Raiskin from the University of Oregon and I created a project website for Outliers and Outlaws: The Eugene Lesbian History Project, a digital humanities project presented across a variety of modalities to tell the story of the lesbians who migrated to Eugene, Oregon in the 1960s-80s and forged an alternative community that ultimately transformed mainstream culture and politics.
Through 2020 and 2021, we developed an online exhibit interpreting Eugene lesbian history through curated assets from the lesbian oral history project and physical archive housed at the University of Oregon Library.
In 2022, we assisted the University of Oregon Museum of Cultural and Natural History to develop a brick and mortar exhibit using our digital exhibit as its basis.
We are now in-progress on a broadcast length documentary featuring eight participants, now in their 70s-80s who narrate Eugene lesbian history against the backdrop of their lives today as they pursue their creative, intellectual, and political passions.
Outliers and Outlaws is a dimensional portrait of a group of queer elders that dislodges the objectifying view of the common tragedy/pain narratives of the LGBTQ+ past. These women serve as a model for how to live in hard times with hope, humor, and commitment to social change. Eugene lesbian history is a legacy for the current generation to deal effectively with the contemporary violence of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.