| MICKEY J. HART
The unveiling of a commemorative plaque in German Village on June 17th was a reminder that today’s LGBTQ community stands on the shoulders of some amazing activists, organizers and trail blazers. Hausfrau Haven was very lively, as more than 80 friends, neighbors and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the legacy of Fred Holdridge and Howard Burns. The couple, who were life and business partners for more than 50 years, were the founding proprietors of Hausfrau Haven, community organizers, activists and merry makers.
The event began with videographer John Clark presenting an oral history video about the men. After the crowd made its way outside, Geoff Schmidt, whose family’s restaurant made the plaque possible, shared a few stories.
Prior to unveiling the plaque on the storefront, Beth Ervin offered a dedication lauding the couple’s commitment to historic preservation, to the neighborhood and to enjoying life. Ervin said, “Today we are dedicating this plaque to two unique human beings who had a huge and lasting impact on our very special neighborhood. It also will serve as a valuable reminder of the importance of community pride, without taking ourselves too seriously.”
The roots of the Columbus LGBTQ community are deep in German Village. In recognition of this, the German Village Society is developing the Gay Pioneers in German Village Tour. Test versions of the tour with feedback session will be conducted on July 24, August 2and August 10. Each tour is limited to 15 people. To take part in one of the test tours email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See the commemorative video: GermanVillage.com
PHOTOS | ALLYSON FRIDLEY