In this presentation, Dr. Ian Darnell will explore the rich legacy of LGBTQIA+ life and struggle in the St. Louis area. Covering a period of more than a century, he will highlight some of the key turning points that have shaped this complex and surprising history.

Ian Darnell serves as Curatorial Assistant for LGBTQIA+ collections at the Missouri Historical Society. A St. Louis native, he studied at Saint Louis University and earned his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has contributed to a variety of local public history projects, including The Griot Museum of Black History and Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis