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NYC Museum to Explore the Early History of AIDS

Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

The New-York Historical Society will present an exhibition this summer that will explore the early history of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

"AIDS in New York: The First Five Years" will be on view from June 7 through Sept. 15.

The exhibition will draw on the museum's own material, plus the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University and the National Archive of LGBT History.

The museum says artifacts will include clinicians' notes, journal entries, diaries, posters, pamphlets and newspaper articles. They will highlight the impact of the epidemic on individuals and the city's culture.

The exhibition will begin with the first rumors of a "gay plague" in 1981 and end with the highly publicized illness and death of actor Rock Hudson in 1985.

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