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NameExhibition: Through Knowledge to Justice
AddressThe GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Brief DescriptionThe work of a gay movement pionneer
TypeAttraction
CategoryMuseum
DescriptionThis year marks the 85th anniversary of Magnus Hirsch­feld's visit to San Francisco. Hirschfeld was a physician and a prolific author renowned for his work on sexual and gender diversity. In 1897 in Berlin, he cofounded the first homosexual emancipation organization in the world. During his 1930-1931 tour of the United States, the Hearst news­paper chain dubbed him "the Einstein of Sex."

"Through Knowledge to Justice: The Sexual World of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935)" offers an introduction to Hirschfeld's life, work and legacy through a display of historical materials largely drawn from the collection assembled by curator Gerard Koskovich over three decades — inscribed first editions, vintage magazines and ephemera.

Among the scarce artifacts included is one of a handful of volumes known to have survived the first book-burning of the Nazi regime, where the library of Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin was consigned to the flames.

The exhibition opens August 19 and runs through November 23. An opening reception is set for August 19, 7:00–9:00 p.m.


ABOUT THE SPONSORS

The exhibition is sponsored by the Hermes Foundation and cosponsored by the German Consulate General, the Consulate General of France, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft (Berlin).


ABOUT THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM

Open since January 2011, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. Its Main Gallery features a long-term exhibition on San Francisco LGBTQ history, "Queer Past Becomes Present." Its Front Gallery and Community Gallery host changing exhibitions. The institution also sponsors living-history discussions, author talks and other programs.

The museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a research center and archives that collects, preserves and interprets the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and the communities that support them. Founded in 1985, the society maintains one of the world's largest collections of LGBTQ historical materials. For more information, visit www.glbthistory.org.
Phone 1(415) 621-1107
Email[email protected]
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Cost$5 (general); $3 (California students with ID)
HoursMonday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m.
Websitewww.glbthistorymuseum.org
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Last Updated8/5/2016
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