What we are about…
Founded in 1998, the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP) has gathered and preserved the life stories of hundreds of lesbians 70 years of age and older, told in their own words. Since the inception of the OLOHP, the Project has worked to gather, document and preserve the life stories of lesbians born in the early decades of the past century. The OLOHP was begun by women of this era, with the singular goal of ensuring that the stories of their contemporaries were preserved and that their experiences were not forgotten. For many a woman, sharing her story with the Project was a significant life experience. For some, it was the first time they felt they had a story worth telling and they were gratified to learn that someone cared.
Excerpts from Herstories
"We had never held hands out in public. But before they put her in the ambulance I kissed her on the forehead and whispered that I loved her. It was the first ever public show of affection.”
I can remember reading Rubyfruit Jungle – such an amazing book. Then there started to be other books. Kath and I had a huge collection of things we had written to each other, things we had written about being in a relationship and books and everything. When we moved from Kansas to California, we burned everything before we left. “What if we would have a car wreck en route, and then our family would find these ‘dirty’ books? What if they found this?” We just decided to destroy it. We both are irritated beyond irritated that this happened. That’s what we felt like we had to do.
We regret having to pass along the news of Arden's death in mid November. She was the heart and soul of the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, and a friend and mentor to many, many others. To say she will be missed is a gross-understatement. She truly led an amazing life. For more about Arden’s life and passing, see the late 2022 issue of The OLOHP Insider.
Books and DVD
Two books, done anthology-style, have been written to share some of the Herstories from the collection. Each contains the stories of 23 women accompanied by photos and additional information. We have also produced a DVD presentation about the OLOHP.
Donating or Getting Our Books/DVD
For six months, our website was plagued with hacking attempts. All of those were related to donations, or purchasing the books or DVD. So, for now, we are not putting up links for those activities. If you'd like to learn more about how to do either, donate or purchase, please contact us directly.
The OLOHP Insider
Several times a year, we publish a newsletter for the Project. It is available here, on this website, or via email by signing up. Click on the image below to view the most recent issue.