About The Arden Eversmeyer
The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, OLOHP, began in 1997 when
Arden Eversmeyer started working with women she knew who were ill and
dying in her area, Houston, Texas. She began collecting stories from
friends as she traveled. And now, she and others are working to collect the
life stories from Lesbians 70 and older wherever they are found and
whenever they are willing to share them.
Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project
Arden was also integrally involved in OLOC, Old Lesbians Organizing for
Change. She served on the OLOC Steering Committee for 14 years, 7 of
those years in the capacity of Co-Director. At a meeting in October 2000,
OLOC agreed to serve as a sponsor for the project, helping Arden connect
with more Old Lesbians. In their role as sponsor, OLOC has assisted Arden
in locating Lesbians over 70 who might be willing to be interviewed,
published a variety of articles about the project and published shortened
versions of some of the herstories in the OLOC newsletter. OLOC has also
raised some of the funds needed to do the work of the project, enabling
Arden to focus more of her time and effort on the interviews themselves.
There is an urgency inherent in the nature of the OLOHP. Each year,
women whose stories the project wanted to gather slip away. Some Old
Lesbians die before we are able to interview them; others become unable
to do the interview.
The herstories of the women who lived through a unique period in time
need to be preserved. The women deserve to be recognized for their
experiences and contributions.
And, just as importantly, there are thousands of other Old Lesbians who
need to know they are not alone.
Donations can be made to support the project either through direct mail to
OLOC or through Paypal. Be sure to indicate you are designating your
donation to support the OLOHP.
Learn more about the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project at www.OLOHP.org.
For any of the above,
contact: P.O. Box 980422,
Houston, TX 77098,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.