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Latest News from the Leather Archives & Museum

The LA&M Annual Membership Drive

Grants free access to the exhibits and resources provided by the Leather Archives & Museum.
Keeps you up to date on the newest exhibits, additions to the collections and events in Chicago and around the country.
Includes a gift certificate for LA&M logo t-shirts, sweatshirts, cigar cutters and more.
Assures that the legacy and culture of leatherfolk today and yesterday is safe and accessible
The LA&M publishes oral history with legendary pornographer Fred J. Lincoln

In the mainstream, Fred J. Lincoln is best known for his role in Wes Craven’s first movie, “The Last House On The Left,” as the rapist and murderer Weasel Padowski. Although he continued to appear at horror conventions and sign autographs for it, Lincoln had always been very public about his antipathy for “Last House,” stating that if someone watching the movie were inspired to commit the same kind of crime against a woman, he would never forgive himself.

LA&M Author’s Table during International Mr. Leather 2014

The Leather Archives & Museum is offering free table space to published Leather / Fetish / Kink authors in the Leather Market at International Mr. Leather 2014.

The Leather Archives & Museum announces its membership in ROAM

ROAM is a national reciprocal organization that provides membership to museums across the US. ROAM will allow LA&M members at the Supporting Membership level or higher ($100 a year or more) to take their benefits with them when they travel to other participating museums. The LA&M will provide a ROAM membership card for all membership levels that apply.

International Mr. Leather Weekend at the LA&M

Everything you need to know about what the Leather Archives & Museum is doing International Mr. Leather weekend. The Roast of Andy Cross and Sammy, our Annual Silent Auction, museum hours, vendor mart hours, authors signing table, special events and more.

Download the LA&M Yapp App

A special app created for International Mr. Leather 2014 weekend. Everything you need to know in one place. The complete IML and LA&M schedule, directions and addresses to venues, IML trivia, IML history in photos, authors table schedule, a money saving coupon for admission to the LA&M and more. Scan the QR code to the left or visit http://my.yapp.us/LAANDM

Join us for the Roast of Andy Cross and Oil Tan Sam

Thursday May 22nd 2014 - 8pm to 11pm (Roast starts at 9pm in the Etienne Auditorium). General seating is FREE and Open to the adult public General seating is limited to either side section of the Auditorium. Preferred seating in the Auditorium requires the purchase of a ticket Preferred seating is limited to the center section of the Auditorium.

Leather Archives & Museum Annual Silent Auction at IML

Join us once again at International Mr. Leather for our annual Silent Auction. No worn out leather stuff here! Bid on jackets, artwork, posters and more. Part of the CLAW Nation Tour. All proceeds benefit the Leather Archives & Museum.

Join us for a special screening of Folsom Forever

In 1984, a scrappy little neighborhood in San Francisco—home to many low-income tenants and the heart of the gay male leather scene—faced destruction from the bulldozers of redevelopment and the AIDS crisis. The Folsom Street Fair was started to call attention to gentrification and raise money for AIDS charities. FOLSOM FOREVER tells the story of how this little street fair grew into the biggest outdoor kink and fetish event in the world, and managed to do a lot of good along the way.

What's new at the Leather Archives & Museum

The latest news and information on events, new exhibits and generally what's happening at the LA&M. Find out what event we'll be at next. Keep up with the progress of our cataloging efforts. See who will be sponsoring free day and much more.

Now showing in the G.A.G. The Art of Drummer
New Outlines of Masculinity

Start with sex. Drummer Magazine delivered what gay men wanted. Prior to 1975, many had tried to publish a leather magazine. Men (and women) looking to turn a profit took the Playboy model and swapped out feminine curves and large breasts for built men with packages busting out of their blue jeans or leather.

Join the LA&M on the road at CLAW in Cleveland, OH.

The LA&M will be exhibiting artifacts from one of the world's oldest clubs, the Chicago Hellfire Club to commemorate their induction into the Leather Hall of Fame

CLAW Corp. is a certified 501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation dedicated to fundraising, education, volunteerism and all other charitable needs of the adult leather community.

Join the LA&M on the road at International Ms. Leather

Sarah Humble, LA&M Board member and co-founder of the Women's Leather History Project will be at IMsL this April. She'll be bringing an exhibit from the WLHP, talking with attendees about the project and getting an assessment of what the project can be doing for the community.

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Visit the News and Events page for current hours, special events, admission, promotions, new exhibits and other information.

The 10,000 sq. foot, two-story building houses:

LA&MEight exhibition galleries
LA&MA 1,425 sq. foot climate controlled archival storage space
LA&MA 164 seat auditorium
LA&MA 600 square foot reading library to house the research collections
LA&MVarious other spaces which serve as additional work space

In addition to activities in Chicago, The LA&M serves the fetish community by:

LA&MPreserving material from all leather/fetish communities
LA&MHitting the road and traveling around the country
LA&MProviding email and telephone research assistance
LA&MProviding digital content for visitors who cannot visit the museum in Chicago

The Leather Archives & Museum is a library, museum and archives pertaining to Leather, fetishism, sadomasochism, and alternative sexual practices. The geographic collection scope is worldwide and includes all sexual orientations and genders. The library collection contains published books, magazines, scholarly publications, films and electronic resources related to the subject matter. The museum collection contains original erotic art and artifacts from alternative sex organizations and individuals. The archival collection contains unpublished papers and records from notable activists, artists, businesses and organizations related to the subject matter.

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Major Donors or Sponsors of the Leather Archives & Museum

International Mr. Leather   Leather Masked Ball   CLAW and the CLAW Nation Tour
Centaur Motorcycle Club   Black Heart Ball  
Seattle Men in Leather  Philadelphia Leather Pride Night
Folsom Street Events  Lokusdor Productions  
Leather SINS   

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