Edie Daly Shares How She Has Supported OLOHP – The Old Lesbians Oral History Project

| December 6, 2017


Excerpt from the OLOHP Insider Issue # 36

What a Way To Show Your Support! (by Edie Daly, an avid OLOHP cheerleader!)

“Our Lives are our story, and our story is our life. Story is the narrative thread of our experience, not what really happens, but what we make out of what happens. What we remember, what we tell each other, and what we choose to forget or leave out.”

This is the beginning of what I call my “Old Lesbian Memory Quilt” story. I made a twelve patch quilt. Each square a part of my story.  I used the quilt and the stories as a way to celebrate my 80th birthday in January. Nine Old Lesbians each read a part of the story. Sixty of my friends attended and in lieu of a gift, I asked everyone to contribute to OLOHP.  I was excited that we raised $1189.00 for the project.  

My wife, Jackie Mirkin, and I were interviewed by Arden in 2004. Our stories are in Margaret and Arden’s book, Without Apology. I have been an interviewer for the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project for several years. We never charge a narrator when we interview her. It costs approximately $700 to bring an interview from the initial contact to the finished transcript which is comb bound as the Herstory. The oral herstories are housed at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Jackie and I spend the summers in Northampton and last summer we did an open reading of my Quilt Story. We raised $200 for the project at that event.

There are many ways to support the project. Having a house party and reading from one of the books, or showing the DVD Our Stories, Our Voices are ways to involve local women and are interesting ways to share stories of Old Lesbian’s lives. Do you have a local senior center or library? Margaret is always willing to work with you on what you might need to make something happen. What are some of the creative ways you can use to raise the needed funds to keep the Project going?

How can you be involved in the OLOHP?

Lesbians 70 years of age and older can tell their own stories. If you don’t “qualify,” encourage older lesbian friends to contact the OLOHP. Buy books and DVDs. Donate copies of books and DVDs to your local library. Make a tax-deductible donation to support the Project. Send them a note of encouragement!

A Gift of Age, Without Apology, and the DVD Our Stories, Our Voices, can be ordered at www.olohp.org . Tax-deductible donations can be made to the OLOHP either by using the Donate button on the website, or by mailing a check.


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