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Hull House

Jane Addams and her friend Ellen Gates Starr founded Hull House in 1889 on the South side of Chicago, Illinois after being inspired by visiting Toynbee Hall in London.Continue Reading »

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is a federally chartered, quasi-governmental university located in Washington, D.C. It was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and is still the world’s only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. The university was… Continue Reading »

Freedmen’s Bureau

At no time was the federal government more involved with African Americans than during the Civil War and Reconstruction period, when approximately four million slaves became freedmen. No agency epitomized that involvement more than did the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, usually called the Freedmen’s Bureau. Continue Reading »

Community Service Society of New York City

The Community Service Society (CSS) was formed in April 1939 by the merger of two of New York City’s most prominent nonprofit social welfare organizations: the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor (AICP), organized in 1843 and incorporated in 1848, and the New York City Charity Organization Society (COS), founded in… Continue Reading »

Christodora Settlement House

Written by Dr. June Hopkins, this article presents a well-documented history of an early settlement house serving immigrant families living in the crowded slums of the Lower East Side of New York City. It is an especially important part of American social weContinue Reading »

Children’s Aid Society of New York

  The New York Children’s Aid Society Introduction: The New York Children’s Aid Society (CAS) was founded in February 1853 by a small group of clergymen and social reformers concerned about the general conditions of homeless, neglected and delinquent children. One of the principals of this group was a young Congregational minister, Rev. Charles Loring… Continue Reading »

Child Welfare League of America

“Formally established January 2, 1921, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has been one of the most important national organizations in the history of American child welfare. The creation of the CWLA coincided with the end of the progressive era and the beginning of another: an era dedicated to establishing national policies and standards combined with developing and disseminating program materials and practices to affiliate members thereby raising the quality of child caring services throughout the nation.”Continue Reading »

Chicago Orphan Asylum

1849 – 1949 By RUTH ORTON CAMP Note: Mrs. Ruth Orton Camp was an active board member and sometime committee chair of the Chicago Orphan Asylum from 1934 till at least 1950. Mrs. Camp also served as acting director of Hull-House Association for nine months in 1943 until Russell Ballard was selected to be the… Continue Reading »

Chicago Commons

Chicago Commons was established in the fall of 1894 and modeled on Hull House.Continue Reading »

Children of Circumstance: Part III

CHILDREN OF CIRCUMSTANCE PART 3 (1926–1936) A History Of The First 125 Years (1849-1974) Of The Chicago Child Care Society. By: Clare L. McCausland (Note 1: The material that follows consists of long excerpts from the book and copied here with permission of the Chicago Child Care Society.) (Note 2: The Chicago Child Care Society… Continue Reading »

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