Episode 128 – A Night At the Museum

There is a rich history in the leather community. Most of it is passed on between generations through folklore. Unfortunately, we have a bit of a generational gap in the gay community. One of our greatest resources is the Leather Archives & Museum. The folks there collect things from around the world that have been created and used in the leather and kink histories.  Rick Storer, the LA&M’s Executive Director, and Jakob VanLammeren, the Archivist and Librarian, join us during this episode to tell us all about the Leather Archive & Museum. Listen in and learn something new about our history and the people who work to preserve it.

Show Notes

In the News


  • What is the Leather Archives & Museum
  • History
  • What are their collections
  • Upcoming Events
  • What is new at the museum
  • Things that are available online
  • A few years from running out of room

About our Guests

Rick Storer is the Executive Director of the Leather Archives & Museum. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Masters of Library Science degree from Dominican University (River Forest, IL). He has presented papers for library, art and museum conferences and sexuality conferences and enjoys working in the arena where these two subjects overlap. His research interests lie in copyright and privacy issues as related to sexuality and GLBT archives. During his tenure in the corporate world, he worked on a team to successfully bring domestic partner benefits to a large insurance company.

Rick joined the Leather Archives staff as Executive Director in 2002, after serving as a volunteer for the museum for several years. He has been presented with awards including Pantheon of Leather Man of the Year, Pantheon of Leather President’s Award, SouthWest Leather Conference Leatherman’s Heart Award and the Peter Thomas award from Rodeo Riders Chicago. He lives in the Chicago area with his husband, Jeffrey Storer.

Jakob VanLammeren is the Archivist/Collections Librarian at the Leather Archives & Museum, where he establishes priorities, develops written procedures, and creates work plans for archival collections; executes archival processing; provides ongoing supervision and management of volunteers and interns; creates original catalog records; curates and revises in-house and traveling exhibits; and writes From the LA&M Archives, a monthly series published by Leatherati. Jakob graduated with his MLIS with a focus in archives from Dominican University. Jakob also holds an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College (Bennington, VT), and his poems have been published in various literary journals and magazines.


Mr. S Leather Co.

This episode sponsored by: Mr. S Leather. For this episode we feature the Full Master Cowhide Flogger!


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