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In 1889 Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago with Ellen Gates Starr. This settlement house, built in 1856, is dedicated to Addams and the Women of Hull House. Jane Addams (1860-1935) was a U.S. Social Justice pioneer, an author, an iconic figure for social justice, and a champion for those who lived on the margins of society.
Addams was a leading feminist, a pacifist, a suffragette, and a lesbian. She brought attention to poverty, child labor, public health, race relations, adverse working conditions, and many more important social issues. She was instrumental in establishing the American Civil Liberties Union and won the Nobel Prize in 1931, becoming only the second woman in history to receive that honor. The love of her life, Mary Rozet Smith, arrived at Hull House in 1889. Their relationship lasted more than 40 years. Addams was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2008. The original site is now the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and is open Tuesdays-Fridays and Sundays, with public tours held weekly.
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement. The Museum is located in two of the original settlement house buildings- the Hull Home, a National Historic Landmark, and the Residents' Dining Hall, a beautiful Arts and Crafts building that has welcomed some of the world's most important thinkers, artists, and activists.
Join the Hull House Museum this Pride Month and explore early 20th century stories of gender non-conformity, diverse definitions of family and friendship, and fierce self-expression. Hull-House was world-renowned for supporting immigrant rights and world peace, but did you know it was also a space for same-sex love, partnership, and relationships? The tour will consider how history connects with today’s struggles for social justice and how we might expand our own notions of gender and sexuality. Beginning June 6, join the Hull House Museum for a free tour at 1:00 PM on Wednesdays throughout the month of June.