Illinois State Museum to host Pride Month Media Club


The Illinois State Museum (ISM) is celebrating Pride month with this quarter’s Media club.

Jenn Edginton, director of interpretation at ISM, said the media club is a way to be inclusive. Not just of media, but of people.

Started this year and done online, the media club covered Black History Month for the first outing in February. The club discussed “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman, the poem read by the author during the Biden inauguration. For the next quarter, the staff thought LGBTQ Pride would be a great choice for the next one.

“It’s so important to represent all people of Illinois in the exhibits and in the walls of the museum,” Edginton said.

For the Pride Month Media Club, there will be a poetic reading of H. Melt’s “The loss of queer space: Parlour on Clark” and an examination of photos of Chicago Pride festivals through the years. It will be online and starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.

Future media clubs planned so far include Hispanic and Native American heritage months.

“We are the state museum for a reason,” Edginton said. “To tell the stories of the residents who lived here or live here now.”

For more information and to register visit: Space is limited.