Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove

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The New-York Historical Society presents “Safe/Haven: Gay Life in 1950s Cherry Grove,” an intimate look at one of the first gay beach towns in the United States. The outdoor exhibition explores mid-20th-century gay life in Fire Island’s remote hamlet of Cherry Grove, located on the barrier island south of Long Island, through some 70 enlarged photographs and additional ephemera from the holdings of the Cherry Grove Archives Collection—which works to collect and archive the community’s rich and colorful history. At Cherry Grove, gay men and women could socialize out in the open, whether on the beach or on the decks of Grove houses.

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