The invisible Histories Project is a fully incorporated 501C3 effective October 12th, 2016. Donors can deduct contributions that they make under IRS Section 170. iHP is listed as a public charity as determined by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States of America. iHP has the public charity status 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi).
iHP Mission The Invisible Histories Project is designed to be a repository for the preservation of the history of LGBTQ life first in the state of Alabama and then the entire Southeast. The archive will preserve, collect, and protect the living history of the diversity of the Queer community–both urban and rural. Using the Alabama site as a model, IHP is currently expanding into Mississippi and Georgia with aims to reach the entirety of the Southeast within 10 years.
IHP focuses on four key elements related to advancing LGBTQ Southern History:
Archiving, Preservation, Research & Scholarship
Professional Development & Best Practices
IHP acts as an intermediary between institutions and organizations and everyday folks. We strive to break barriers between organizations and their local communities to ensure that preservation and research exist in a co-productive and relationship centered way. IHP is invested in providing scholars with direct access to materials as well as creating a network of people conducting LGBTQ Southern archiving, preservation, education and research to make scholarship more accessible. We focus on providing education of the Queer South to those within and outside the region through speaking, exhibiting, online materials, and publications. Finally, IHP seeks to help develop a new generation of scholars working in the Queer South as well as work alongside other professionals in the field to develop best practices for this work.
In addition to preserving the rich history of LGBTQ Southerners, the project’s goals are to:
- develop a timeline of LGBTQ history in each state and across the South along with community/academic programming to highlight our findings,
- create experiential learning experiences for students in archives, history, preservation and research, and
- establish an off campus, centrally located museum to display these histories as part of a larger Queer History South.
Additionally, iHP seeks to create a counter narrative to the “lacking South” and provide a sense of community and heritage for LGBTQ people.