Leather History Preservation Foundation was created in April, 2016, as the brainchild of Dave Hudson, Ms. Tori Jones and Geoff Wingard, to have a legal non-profit entity to produce Leather History Conference 2016. They wanted that incorporation to create separation between their personal finances, and those of the event, for transparency and accountability to the attendees.
Over the course of the year, a full board of directors was recruited. The Board felt that our mission should be more inclusive and diverse. After LHC's owner and founder withdrew her support, the Board moved forward with creating our own event - Leather History Preservation Weekend.
For Leather History Preservation Weekends, we have been very deliberate in recruiting more diverse representation for people of color, and transgender individuals, and hope to continue to expand our platform and programming to include other under-represented people as well as those within the larger Leather community.
By presenting an annual conference that will bring experienced Leathermen and Leatherwomen together to share their experiences – their trials, triumphs, and tragedies, their feelings and opinions, to tell their personal stories - with those who are new to or curious about, the Leather lifestyle we have chosen to live, with Leatherfolk and other practitioners of alternative lifestyles that wish to learn more about living a Leather lifestyle.
By recording these oral histories for posterity.
By making items of significant personal historical value, books, photographs, and recordings available for conference participants to experience with all their senses, to make these personal histories more immediate and real.
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