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Giving Tuesday 2017

Just when you thought we forgot about Giving Tuesday... 

It seems this year, 2017, both at PRIDE Day but also from other organizations the staff and Diversity Library keep getting thanked for saving and keeping the history of the local LGBTQ community.  Sometimes the all-volunteer staff in their labors at the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library are so busy giving of themselves and focusing on their tasks that time is needed to step back and see what "The Little Library That Could" has accomplished.  That together the volunteers' work is really appreciated.  

December 2, 2014, there was a call to action that changed the calendar and help make history. A celebrated day dedicated to giving – when charities, families, businesses, community centers, students, retailers and more will all come together for Giving Tuesday – a movement to celebrate giving and kick-off the holiday giving season.  If you missed Tuesday there is still time for you to give but you may also ask just where do your dollars go?

  • Maintaining and adding to NIDL's circulating collection which includes the software and computers to process materials and circulate them to library patrons.
  • Preserving archival materials through digitization and safe storage of these materials.
  • Access to materials through cataloging, indexing, and safe displays of these materials.
  • Promoting not only the NIDL as a library and archives but also programs for students or the community groups about LGBTQ history or authors.
  • Providing program support to social/supportive groups that meet in and near the Library.

Where dollars do NOT go is to salaries and buildings.

If it were not for the support and hospitality of IPFW and the Helmke Library; and grants from Macy's; the GM Foundation; and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne; in addition to donors or Friends of NIDL to our endowment fund... the Northeast Indiana Diversity Library could not provide the access to the wonderful collection or preserve the local LGBTQ history of Fort Wayne and surrounding area through digitizing history in the archives.  NIDL shares the Fort Wayne Community Educational Centers' 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.

Won't you consider giving to our endowment fund* with a 20% match of your amount; or donate directly by going to the NIDL website and using the Paypal option; or print out the "Friends of NIDL" form and mail in your donation .

*select "Other (select to enter fund name)"; enter "Northeast Indiana Diversity Library" on the box that appears and have your dollars matched at 20%

 

 

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Digital Archive News-Rainbow Reader

The Northeast Indiana Diversity Library has been digitizing local items to preserve and to make these accessible items to the public.  NIDL is happy to announce that all eleven books from 1997 to 2009 of the Rainbow Reader have completed our first step toward being digitized.  These 117 issues of the UP The Stairs Community Center's second major newsletter are already to peruse by clicking our Digital Archives button.

 

How to Search NIDL Archives on MDON

If the title "TROIS" is put into a keyword search it will bring up 81 issues due to the fact that the TROIS was mentioned in five of the Rainbow Readers.  Using the "Advanced Search" and looking up TROIS as the "Title" will bring up the 76 issues of the newsletter by themselves.  Since historical articles were written in both newsletters using either keyword or advance searches are excellent ways to look up names, places or topics in Fort Wayne LGBTQ+ history.

 

This process is not only costly in dollars but also time volunteers spent in cleaning up the metadata behind the images so that keyword searches for information are available.  Our first digitized newsletter was the TROIS: Three Rivers One In Six (One in six was the Kinsey Institute's estimate of homosexuals in the population.) from late 1980 to 1987.  The TROIS was started by GLO or the Gay, Lesbian Organization here in Fort Wayne, IN and the first major newsletter of the community center that became known as Up The Stairs  The TROIS was a typewritten newsletter and Computers hate typewriters.  Due to varying keystrokes and outdated fonts NIDL staff literally had to retype almost all of each of the 76 issues. 

The TROIS project took two and a half years from beginning to end.

 

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Sophia's Portico

Sophia's Portico

A Feminine Spirituality Center - For More Than 20 years!
Sophia's Portico, Inc., established in 1992, is an art and spirituality center focusing on the development of the feminine through education, the arts and earth-based spirituality.


Our education component consists of book discussions, workshops and presentations. In the area of arts, we sponsor an annual Winter Art Fair and "hands-on" programs. Art and spirituality inform one another and are integral in the development of the human person.

Our earth-based spirituality focuses on the celebration of the Winter and Summer Solstices, the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes and the cross-quarter days of Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain.  We are unique in this area as very few groups offer these celebrative opportunities.  We are inclusive of creeds, cultures, genders and races and seek to nurture spiritual growth in an atmosphere of peace, freedom, dignity and justice.

 

2330 Beacon Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
 
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