Women's History Salons
By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives
Elvis Bakaitis, Alexis Clements , Cassandra Grant, Flavia Rando , Ashley-Luisa Santangelo
Thur, October 17, 2019 | 6:30 PM | $15 ($12 Members) $8 Women’s History Council Members

Join us at the Center for Women's History for thrilling programs and intimate conversations with scholars, journalists, artists, activists, businesswomen, and more amazing leaders of today. Guided by its expert committee of scholars, the Center has a full calendar of public events and salons to explore. 


Meet some of the remarkable curators behind New-York Historical's By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives (on view through Dec. 1) as they discuss the exhibition and the politics of visibility in the lesbian and queer women's movement.

Elvis Bakaitis is an Adjunct Reference Librarian at the Graduate Center, co-founder of the NYC Feminist Zinefest, and board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.

Moderator Alexis Clements is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Her feature-length documentary film about LGBTQ women's spaces and communities, titled All We've Got, will premiere at the 2019 NewFest, New York City's LGBTQ film festival.

Cassandra Grant and her wife of 26 years, Sharon Lucas, are original members of the first Board of Directors for Salsa Soul Sisters, Third World Women Inc., an organization dedicated to lesbians of color founded in 1974. 

Flavia Rando is an art historian who teaches gender and lesbian studies.  A longtime lesbian activist, she was a member of Radicalesbians and the Gay Liberation Front.

Ashley-Luisa Santangelo has been a volunteer and Coordinator at the Lesbian Herstory Archives since 2016. Santangelo’s writing is featured in literary journals including Sinister Wisdom and Storymaker’s Association.


Skylight Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee particpation. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Image: Saskia Scheffer, designer, Cover, Lesbian Herstory Archives newsletter no. 18, 2001. Collection of the Lesbian Herstory Archives

The Center for Women's History would like to thank the coordinators of the Lesbian Herstory Archives and New-York Historical Society staff
whose contributions made By The Force Of Our Presence possible.

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Creative: Tronvig Group