Learn how Chicago's world-renowned Hull-House committed to humanizing the industrial city and became a model for progressive educators.
For generations, Chicagoans played in the nursery school, debated political issues, learned folk dancing, or attended citizenship classes at the city's world-famous Hull-House. From its founding by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr as a settlement house in 1889, Hull-House offered an abundant variety of community services, social activities, and educational opportunities to nourish the spirits and address the material needs of its working class neighbors on the Near West Side of Chicago. Committed to fostering an informed and active citizenry among other things, the talented residential volunteer staff at Hull-House became expert social investigators who documented neighborhood conditions with statistics, but also with passion.
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Using the archives and rich visual materials in the Special Collections Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago, archivists Peggy Glowacki and Julia Hendry take us onto the city streets surrounding the settlement and inside the doors of Hull-House. The story encompasses both national issues and intimate moments in the history of a neighborhood.