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A passion to preserve : gay men as keepers of culture
Fellows, Will.
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Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2004]

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x, 288 pages ; 24 cm
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From large cities to rural communities, gay men have long been impassioned pioneers as keepers of culture: rescuing and restoring decrepit buildings, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods, saving artifacts and documents of historical significance. "A Passion to Preserve" explores this authentic and complex dimension of gay men s lives by profiling early and contemporary preservationists from throughout the United States, highlighting contributions to the larger culture that gays are exceptionally inclined to make."

Author Notes

Will Fellows is the author of Farm Boys, which was honored as a best book of 1996 by Esquire Magazine and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1997. He lives with his partner in Milwaukee

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Library Journal Review

Long before the make-better mavens of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy put their mark on mainstream culture, gay men have evinced a talent for collecting, organizing, renovating, and restoring that goes beyond mere gender stereotype. Fellows (Farm Boys) examines this tendency in this chronicle of queer pioneers in historic preservation, a concept at once original and yet so obvious it is surprising that no one has attempted it before. The author postulates that gay men, in touch with their feminine side, possess strong nesting instincts and a feeling for aesthetics that lead them into the field. Fellows then presents narratives by 32 currently active historic preservationists, who discuss with wit, charm, and feeling their own reclamations, whether of historic homes, old photographs, or the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, in places ranging from San Francisco and New Orleans to Cooksville, WI. Their narratives are grouped by U.S. region and presented with relevant historical and social background. Engagingly written and edited, this unique confluence of gay studies and historic preservation deserves a place in both subject collections in academic and special libraries.-Richard J. Violette, Special Libs. Cataloguing, Victoria, B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Charlotte and Me: Preservation-Minded from Childhoodp. 3
In Search of Gay Preservationistsp. 13
What These Gay Men's Lives Revealp. 25
Saving Old New Englandp. 37
Mark Dotyp. 44
Don Leavittp. 50
Mark Sammonsp. 53
Design-Minded in the Mid-Atlantic Statesp. 57
Ken Lustbaderp. 61
James Nocitop. 65
Dwight Youngp. 69
Greg Kinsmanp. 73
To the Rescue in the Atlantic Southp. 79
Allan Gurganusp. 84
Myrick Howardp. 90
John Andersp. 95
Robert Barkerp. 99
Cranford Suttonp. 103
Domophiles Out Westp. 107
Jay Yostp. 111
Ken Millerp. 116
Gilbert Millikan and David Richardsp. 121
Richard Jost and Charles Fuchsp. 125
California Conservativep. 131
Richard Reutlingerp. 138
Gerry Takanop. 147
Jeffrey Samudiop. 150
Jim Wilkep. 156
Generations of Gentlemen Keep Cooksville, Wisconsinp. 161
William Wartmannp. 174
Al Garlandp. 182
Larry Reedp. 186
Singular Preservationists in the Midwestp. 191
Dana Dupplerp. 204
Joe Johnson and Ron Markwellp. 211
Robert Segerp. 214
Cherishing Old New Orleans and Louisianap. 217
Curt Greskap. 230
Lloyd Sensatp. 235
Randy Plaisancep. 239
Toward a Larger View of Gay Menp. 243
Conclusionp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 265
Notesp. 267
Indexp. 283