Bar Scene


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Casey Georgi and Rachel Spigel host an episode looking at LGBTQ bar culture and safe spaces of Portland's past and present. They interview Dr. Wendy Chapkis about the interviewee selection process. The show features excerpts from interviews with Kennedy Barteaux, Fred Berger, Charles Grindle, Barry Manson, and Penny Rich.

Querying the Past was a 6-week special series that aired on Thursday evenings 7-7:30pm. The first episode began on Thursday June 14th in honor of Pride Portland Week. This series comes from the LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project that collected and preserved the voices and stories of members of the Southern Maine LGBTQ community. The Principal Investigator for this project was Dr. Wendy Chapkis, Professor of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine. From 2016-18, Professor Chapkis was also the Faculty Scholar for the Sampson Center’s LGBTQ+ Collection. The LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project integrated USM students into the process of community-based research; after being trained each fall, students served as interviewers and transcribers of the oral histories.

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WMPG 90.9 FM


Portland, Maine


WMPG, Querying the Past, oral history, LGBTQ, University of Southern Maine, Wendy Chapkis, bar culture, safe spaces, Kennedy Barteaux, Fred Berger, Charles Grindle, Barry Manson, Penny Rich

Bar Scene