In & Out: 30 Years at Quatrefoil Library

Daily from July 14-Aug. 28
Time Varies
Art, Museums
For 30 years, Quatrefoil Library has served as a resource, providing books, periodicals, media, and other materials that either feature LGBTQ authors or speak to the community in some way. The library — named after James Barr's 1950 novel, Quatrefoil (which was groundbreaking when it was published for its positive portrayal of its gay protagonists) — grew out of the personal collection of David Irwin and Dick Hewetson, who collected and stored gay-themed books in their linen closet. They incorporated as an organization in 1983, and opened to the public in 1986. Over the years, Quatrefoil has been housed in various locations. Currently, you can find them at Spirit on Lake public housing on Lake Street in south Minneapolis, where they offer over 10,000 books, 1,000 DVDs, and a plethora of periodicals and sound recordings. This month, Quatrefoil celebrates 30 years by guest-curating an exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum featuring some the collection's gems.