LHP Weekend

Leather History Preservation Weekend

LHPW is the ongoing mission of the Leather History Preservation Foundation to fulfill our vision of preserving and sharing our Leather History, our culture and our traditions. 

We are moving forward with our looking back!

November 3 - 5, 2023

LHPW 2023 will be a weekend of shared journeys, camaraderie and fellowship, with multiple presenters sharing their experiences.  In the tradition of the best of Leather events, there will be cocktails, vendors, networking and FUN!

Dave Rhodes
Dave Rhodes
Dave Rhodes
Master Varii
Master Varii
Master Varii
Master Wes
Jack Handcock

Meet our 2023 Keynote                              Meet Our 2023 Historians

We are really excited about the lineup of historians who are coming to share their experiences with us for 2023.

Click the above links to view the folx who agreed to share their stories with us!

Our 2023 event is going to be AWESOME.


Full Weekend and Saturday Only preregistrations include the Saturday night dinner and keynote history, event pin, access to all our history sessions, vendors, and all the social and networking opportunities the event provides! 

Even though inflation is making everything we do cost more, thanks to our wonderful host hotel, we were able to keep the increase on the registration costs for LHPW 2023 to a bare minimum.  Our pricing is still ALL INCLUSIVE!  That's right, we include the Saturday dinner and keynote, the event pin, program book and all the fun activities for the event. 

Registration price for the 2023 event is tiered, the earlier you register, the more you will save!  Starting December 1st, our Holiday Sale will last all month, through January 1st, 2023 and is a real bargain at $75.00!  Get registered for 2023's lowest price, and remember, a registration for LHPW will make a great gift this holiday season!
Early Registration begins January 2nd, and is just $85.00.  Regular Registration will increase to $95.00, and will start March1st.  Late registration is $105.00, begins October 1st, and goes until preregistration ends October 29th.

The sooner you register, the more you save!

We will be offering a GROUP REGISTRATION option.  If you want to register 5 - 10 people at one time, you have the option to do so now.  The group registration rate will be $85 for each person, with a minimum charge of $420.  Groups larger than 10 can be broken up over multiple registration sessions.


All full weekend pre-registrations also include your annual membership in the Leather History Preservation Foundation.

There will be day passes available for preregistration if you can not attend all weekend.  Pre-registration for Saturday also includes the dinner and keynote!  Onsite registration will be available at the Late Registration or individual day pass registration rates.   However, please note: onsite registration for the full weekend and for Saturday Only day passes WILL NOT INCLUDE THE DINNER AND KEYNOTE.  Because of our catering contract, we have to have a firm head count for dinners the week before the event.



We are so grateful to the management and staff of the Sonesta Atlanta Airport North!
Thanks to their understanding and kindness, LHPW 2023 is happening!

Sonesta Atlanta Airport North

Link for details on room block reservations

Weekend Crew Opportunities

Leather History Preservation Weekend could not happen without a great deal of work!  Our dedicated Board and staff need a lot of crew members to help make everything happen.  From load-in to load-out, we need event security, dungeon crew, room monitors, ASL interpreters, hospitality helpers and more! Everyone chips in to make this event happen, but we do offer crew a discount on event registration.  If you would like to learn more about these opportunities for our 2023 event, contact:

Our primary Crew Coordinator,

Relly Prospect - director.relly@lhpfoundation.org or

MsTori - exec.director@lhpfoundation.org



The Leather History Preservation Foundation (LHPF) intends to continue to provide a safe environment for those attending our in-person events and will review and update our protocols when necessary and reserve the right to make changes as appropriate. After reviewing local, state, and federal information and guidelines, LHPW has updated our COVID-19 vaccine requirements for LHPW 2023.

All registrants, guests, and staff for the Leather History Preservation Weekend held November 3 - 5, in Atlanta GA, should follow these guidelines:

• Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event.

• Currently, masks are not required but attendees who feel that wearing a mask would benefit their risk levels should wear them at their discretion.

• Attendees should follow sanitary guidelines like washing and/or sanitizing their hands frequently.

• Attendees should cancel and stay home if feeling ill.

• We will have hand sanitizer and masks available for attendees during the event.

• We will comply with all state and local health or mask mandates in place at the time of the event.

The LHPF board of directors defines fully vaccinated as you having received: 1) both doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine; 2) had the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine; and 3) Astra-Zeneca, and other non-North American vaccination qualify (two injections are considered completion). Boosters are highly recommended. With new vaccines being developed currently, the acceptable vaccines may be expanded.

Acceptable Verification Methods per CDC:

  1. CDC issued vaccination card
  2. Vaccination certificate with QR code*,
    digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code* (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate)
  3. COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider.

* - The QR code in a verifiable vaccination record links to information confirming the credential was generated from an immunization record in an official database and is protected from tampering.

LHPW plans to:

  • complete an enhanced cleaning regimen in all rooms including common areas with door handles, pens, handrails, elevator buttons, tabletops, and the like will also receive enhanced cleaning.
  • supply hand sanitizer and bleach cloths in programming rooms.
  • ask presenters, hosts, and vendors to help us wipe down easels, markers, and other hard surfaces between classes. If you touch it, clean it.
  • Update policies as required to ensure we are following local and federal
    government and public health agencies.

Mask wearing:

Please wear a mask when picking up your registration package or buying a registration package. If you need to interact with registration during the weekend, please do wear a mask. We are asking due to the proximity and the handling of personal materials that you happily and courteously comply.

Attendees are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment to keep themselves as well as others safe. We are not currently mandating mask wearing except in line with registration. We will happily comply with the CDC’s recommendations for indoor mask usage.

Closer to the event, we will again visit this topic based on current information. We care about the safety of our attendees and want to ensure we proceed with the utmost care.

Social Distancing:
Attendees are encouraged to social distance using the standards of 6ft/2m between attendees and staff when possible.


There were no reported cases of COVID-19 reported by attendees after our event.

Leather History Preservation Foundation was honored and humbled to have been chosen to receive the

The belief and support of the voters and judges for this award was amazing!  The Foundation will work hard to continue to be worthy of the trust and confidence of our attendees, historians, and the volunteers who make this event possible.