Today in History: Hull House Opens

| September 18, 2017

170918_News_219x365With the recent government decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and other acts impacting immigration, it is important to look at historical efforts in our nation, the melting pot, that sought to ease the transition of immigrants. As we acknowledge the good work of pioneers in the field of education and social engagement, we might also take a moment to reflect on our ancestries — the journeys many of our families made to become American citizens, the ways they settled in, and what that meant in shaping our country. Chances are likely that we all have a story or two to tell, going back through the generations.

Co-founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr on the west side of Chicago, Hull House was a settlement house that opened its doors to European immigrants on September 18, 1889. Formerly an abandoned residence at 800 South Halsted Street that had been built by Charles G. Hull in 1856, it was one of the first social settlements in America that aimed to help needy immigrants. It offered a kindergarten, nursery, and daycare center, and, as services prospered, expanded to twelve buildings, playground, and a large camp in Wisconsin — attracting visitors from all over the world.

Jane Addams was an American social reformer and pacifist, and co-winner (with Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University) of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1931. She was the first American woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Hull House Association Records are held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives, while those of other settlement houses, including Grosvenor Neighborhood House, East Side, Hudson Guild, Christodora House, and more, are accessible via the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.  slide design-Hull House Opens-03


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