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Henry Street Settlement (New York, NY 10002-4808)
Susan LaRosa (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

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

Implementation of a permanent exhibition, a website, a walking tour, and public programs examining the history of Henry Street Settlement on New York City’s Lower East Side.

Henry Street Settlement (HSS) requests $460,000 to implement a multi-platform humanities project that will explore social activism, urban poverty, and public health through the lens of Henry Street’s history. The project centerpiece is a permanent interpretive exhibition in the Settlement’s landmarked c.1830 Federal style row house headquarters. A web-based exhibition with curriculum materials for high school and college teachers will deepen the interpretation and a walking tour application for mobile devices will take the story to the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Public programs developed with our partner organizations, the Museum at Eldridge Street and Tenement Museum, will expand the interpretation of the history of HSS into its larger neighborhood, linking it to immigrant life and worship, union organizing and suffrage. A public historian will develop programs targeted to HSS neighbors and clients, reaching public audiences underserved by the humanities.

Project fields:
Immigration History; Public History; Urban History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$360,000 (approved)
$360,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 9/30/2019