Quad Cities Pride in Memory Hosts Fundraising Night Thursday

Quad Cities Pride in Memory (PIM), in collaboration with Augustana College, the Putnam Museum and Fourth Wall Films, QC Pride, Inc., Quad Cities Affirming Diversity and Mary’s On Second and others, is a new nonprofit group .

Its mission is to document and preserve the local LGBTQ+ history of the Quad Cities region and provide educational opportunities for the public. PIM plans multimedia documentation of local LGBTQ+ history, a press release says. This will include a documentary film, public radio podcasts available online, a published brochure, a traveling exhibit and educational materials. We are already collecting oral histories and historical documents.

The public is invited to his “coming out” party. Friends are invited to dress up in retro rainbows (optional) and, if appropriate, bring LGBTQ+ memorabilia to share and/or donate to the Putnam Museum. The artifacts sought are those from the 1990s or earlier.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for this fundraiser which includes a free pizza. Other features will include drink specials for sale, pledges, art donations for auction, as well as a historic photo opportunity.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mary’s On Second, 832 W. 2n/a St., Davenport.

QCPIM argues that every life has a story to tell. “It is important to capture these stories of struggle and triumph during the early periods of development of the LGBTQ+ community in the greater Quad Cities area,” the statement read.

For more information, contact Reverend Rich Hendricks, 563-940-9630; Kathy Bowman, 563-508-8078; or Mike Hetrick, 309-798-7700.

Joseph K. Bennett