Public Programming

Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove Exhibition Opening

Friday, February 21 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Curators’ talk at 7 pm

Presented in Conjunction with  
the Cherry Groves Archives Collection
Curated by Susan Kravitz and Brian Clark
Stonewall Museum – Wilton Manors, 2157 Wilton Drive

Free to attend. Suggested donation $5.

Archival photos from the Cherry Grove Archives Collection depict LGBTQ life in Cherry Grove while the Lavender Scare was happening in the rest of the country. For this exhibition, 60 images have been identified and restored from the 1950s. Most were taken with a medium format camera by artists who summered in the community during that era.

During the 1950’s gay and lesbian members of this Cherry Grove beach community socialized openly (putting aside the ongoing police raids in the community’s “meat rack”), and often together with straight residents summering there. Costume-themed house parties and theatrical productions were all the rage in the Grove during the 1950’s, where gender fluidity, drag and costume provided an opportunity to openly express one’s homosexuality. While gay men may have initially come to Cherry Grove in the 1950’s primarily in pursuit of sex, men – and women – found a place that provided emotional and social support allowing gay and lesbians to flourish in a community unlike any other in the world.


GALA 2020

The 7th Annual Stonewall National Museum & Archives Gala will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the fabulous Conrad Hotel hailed as the new five-star beacon of luxury on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The Gala, co-chaired by Yvonne Rohrbacher and Julio Rodriguez will offer guests an exciting evening celebrating the history and culture of the LGBTQ+ community including open bar, 3-course gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by Miss Coco Peru.

Yeled Tov by Daniel Jaffe with short stories by Michael Ward

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
Free to attend. Suggested donation $5.

Yeled Tov by Daniel Jaffe and new short stories by Michael Ward, followed by an interview led by author Gregg Shapiro.

In Yeled Tov, an autobiographical novel set in mid-1970’s New Jersey, teenage Jake Stein struggles to reconcile his traditional beliefs and strong faith in God with his growing attraction to other boys. After he lands a part in the school play, The Diary of Anne Frank, he falls in love with the male romantic lead. The following year, at Princeton University, Jake suffers ever greater temptations and angst. Throughout, he seeks advice from the voice of God, or at least Jake’s imaginings of how the Almighty would instruct a young man to do the right thing. Will Jake find a way to be true both to his desires and his faith?

“an absolutely gorgeous coming of age story” – Rainbow Awards
“empathetic story of faith and desire.” – Kirkus Reviews

About the Authors
Daniel M. Jaffe is an internationally published, award-winning fiction writer. He is author of four gay-Jewish-themed books of fiction: Yeled Tov (2018, Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention; The Genealogy of Understanding (2014, Rainbow Awards Finalist and Honorable Mention); Jewish Gentle and Other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living (2014); and The Limits of Pleasure (2001; ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist; reissued in 2010 and 2018). His fiction has been taught at Bowdoin College, UCLA, UCLA Extension, and UCSB. Daniel holds degrees from Princeton University, Harvard Law School, and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the recipient of a residency at The Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, MA, where he penned the first draft of Yeled Tov.

Michael H. Ward published his memoir of the early AIDS epidemic in Boston, The Sea Is Quiet Tonight, in 2016. His short story, “Omaha,” was a runner up in the 2019 Saints and Sinners short fiction contest and is anthologized in New Fiction from the Festival, 2019. Michael is currently working on a series of nine interrelated short stories set in the Midwest.

Stonewall Literary Book Club

Monday, March 9, 2020 from 6:00 – 7 pm

Stonewall Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Blvd.

The first Stonewall Literary Book Club hosted by Clayton Littlewood was a success with a large group of attendees and lively participation. Clayton talked about growing up gay in the west of England in the 70s before reading from his books.

The Stonewall Literary Book Club meets the second Monday of each month and the book to be discussed is James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room (1956), one of the first novels by an American to address homosexual love with a frankness usually reserved for portraits of heterosexual relationships.

The Club is limited to 15 participants.  Admission is free, but you must be a Stonewall Library member to participate. To sign up, please contact Executive Director  Hunter O’Hanian.

Mon-Fri 11 am - 6 pm
Sat 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Sun

Sun & Wed from Noon - 5 pm
Thurs, Fri & Sat from Noon - 8 pm
Closed Mon & Tue

1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)