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Henry Street Settlement (New York, NY 10002-4808)
Susan LaRosa (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

The House on Henry Street: Settlements, Public Health, and Social Reform

Planning for an interactive web-based and in-person interpretation of the Henry Street Settlement, plus associated walking tours, school programs, and lectures.

Henry Street Settlement (HSS) requests $70,000 to plan a multi-format humanities project to explore the changing notions of urban poverty, social activism and social welfare through the window of HSS's history. The centerpiece is an interpretive, interactive web-based exhibition and the interactive interpretation of its c. 1830 row house headquarters. Walking tours, public lectures, and public dialogue programs on community building and social reform, developed with partner organizations (Museum at Eldridge Street and The Tenement Museum) will enhance the interpretation of HSS's history within the context of the history of immigration and urban reform as well as the development of social services and public health nursing in the U.S. and NYC. The project will be completed for Henry Street's 125th anniversary (2018) and will produce the first analytical history of the settlement, available on the website and in print, and will serve as the intellectual backdrop for the project.

Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 11/30/2014