In December 2017, Barbara A. Havlik of Kalamazoo donated a collection of items that tell her story as a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Barbara’s collection allows the Museum to tell a story that it has not been able to tell before, and it helps us strive to meet our mission of collecting and exhibiting items that tells an inclusive story of our community. The Museum is honored that Barbara chose to share her story and these objects with the Museum. By doing so, she shares them with the Kalamazoo community, now and long into the future.
Barbara estimates it took her nearly 200 hours to complete this hand-stitched labor of love in 1999. The rainbow is the symbol of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) pride, as it expresses diversity, beauty, and joy.