This may be useful (probably indispensible) in filling the gaps for those who may come to the forefront in dealing with the intellectual arrogance of the Museum.
- The actual handout given to the UICBOT is attached. It differs from the abbreviated handout you received in that it contains the following:
In addition to the Hull House rolls, every writer, every historian of the Italian American experience confirms that, for most, if not all of the history of the Jane Addams’ Hull House, Italian Americans were the primary component of the Hull House Neighborhood.
The history of the Jane Addams’ Hull House is not complete without acknowledging the symbiotic relationship that existed with the Legendary Taylor Street’s Little Italy. The Neighborhood, with its original enclave of 10,000 Italian-American immigrants (1895 census), became the laboratory upon which the Hull House elitists tested their theories and based their protests to the establishment.
If the UIC Board concurs that the residents of Taylor Street’s Little Italy were the dominant constituents and beneficiaries of the Hull House phenomenon, we ask the Board to consider the following to improve upon the original Museum’s mandate:
- Concurring with the HH Director that “History should include the stories of those who lived it,” we request that the Museum pursue, for the benefit of scholars, historians and the public, the implementation of that philosophy. The Taylor Street
Archives fits that definition and others may as well.
- In keeping with tradition, it is also suggested that at least one representative of the community should be appointed to serve on the Museum’s Board. That individual, preferably, should be someone who knowledgeably represents those who lived the experience of growing up in Taylor Street’s Little Italy, the inner core of the Hull House Neighborhood.
a. Dean K. was boastfully proud about the fact that she herself was a “registered historian.”
b. Dean K. had personally hired Ms Lee in 2006 to be the Director of the Museum.
c. Ms. Lee was able to get a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) to upgrade the Museum.
d. Dean K. was outwardly boastful that she was on a first name basis with Christopher Kennedy… “Chris and I….Chris had visited the Museum…Chris was pleased with the renovation…etc….etc….etc.”
e. To have a link in the Hull House titled “Stories from the Hull House Neighborhood,” as was suggested by Chris Kennedy would require a “vetting” by a registered historian. (Once again, she was not able to answer why a registered historian would be needed to confirm how someone felt running through a fire hydrant. Or how would a registered historian confirm what has already been confirmed and documented by reporters, Jane Addams, census takers, etc.?
Virtually everything in the TSA is documented…including the interview quotes from the Director.)
f. Amazingly, Dean K. volunteered the following, as well: To include the TSA in the bibliographies along with thousands of otherreferences would also require a “vetting” by a registered historian. (And again, Dean K. was unable to respond to my question, “How do registered historians vet the thousands of references already in the bibliography? How do registered historians vet or authenticate the directory of the Guardian Angel Church. How do registered historians authenticate a feeling or a thought?”)
g. Neither Chris Kennedy nor Chancellor Meares made any reference that a web site with the names of people who were members of the various organizations in the community and the their stories would require a registered historian to validate them. And Chancellor Meares is a noted sociologist with numerous publications to her credit.