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January ‘Thirds-day’ / The Lavender Scare

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Thursday, January 17th
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location
Jewish Museum Milwaukee


Did you know on the Third Thursday of each month, Jewish Museum Milwaukee is open late? That’s right – we stay open until 7:00 pm so you have extra time to explore our exhibits!

Stick around because immediately following ‘Thirdsday’ we are presenting “The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government” with author and scholar David Johnson.

As the famous question, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” resonated in the halls of Congress, security officials were posing another question at least as frequently, if more discreetly: “Information has come to the attention of the Civil Service Commission that you are a homosexual. What comment do you care to make?”

Charges that the Roosevelt and Truman administrations were havens for homosexuals proved a potent political weapon, sparking a “Lavender Scare” more vehement and long-lasting than McCarthy’s Red Scare. Historian David K. Johnson will relate the frightening, untold story of how, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered as dangerous a threat to national security as Communists.

Click here to register for “The Lavender Scare:
The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government.”

Cost for Thirds-day: Museum Admission | Members FREE
Must register for “The Lavender Scare” program separately.

Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

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