August 15, 2012
Few Chicagoans have had as lasting an impact on the world as the mother of the American social work movement. And few homes feel as much like a living tribute as the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. On a recent tour, our guide, Melissa Mahon, quoted art historian and philosopher John Berger: "Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one." And while one certainly gets a strong sense of Jane Addams as a person from visiting the "settlement home" she started with Ellen Gates Starr in 1889 in the house originally owned by Charles Hull, the tour's focus is really on how the work begun at Hull House resonated in education, labor, immigrants' rights, women's rights, peace activism, and just about every other significant social movement that would emerge in the 20th century.
800 S. Halsted St.; tours Tue.-Fri. and Sun.; free but donations accepted, 312-413-5353 or uic.edu/jaddams/hull