Members of the community gathered at the Oak Park River Forest History Museum, Jan. 25, to celebrate the launch of a book chronicling the early days of the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association+ (OPALGA ).

Those in attendance, including OPALGA founding members, were treated to a gallery discussion of the museum’s exhibit, “Proud Oak Parkers: OPALGA at 30.”

Compiling chapters written by 20 of the organization’s early members, the book, titled “Oak Park Lesbian and Gay Association: Stories from the History-Making First Decade,” recalls the group’s impact on civil rights legislation and its lasting contributions to the Oak Park area and surrounding communities. The book was edited by Nathan Linsk.

Stacey Sheridan

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