The Hull House Neighborhood
The Jane Addams’ Hull House was founded in 1889. It served the needs of the immigrant population of the near-west side community. Primary among those southern European immigrant groups were Greeks, Italians and Jews. The physical demise of the 13 building Hull House complex and the Bowen Country Club, the Hull House summer camp occurred in 1963. The community succumbed to the decision to construct the University of Illinois in the neighborhood that had come to be known as the Legendary Taylor Street’s Little Italy, the port-of-call for Chicago’s Italian American immigrants. The main building survived as the Hull House Museum. Under the guardianship of the U of I, the Museum, a showcase for the legacy of Jane Addams, exists to fulfill the mandate to preserve and dispense the history of the Jane Adams’ Hull House and the immigrant community it had served.
Applicants for the $250 scholarship
While designed for graduate students, any student with an interest in the history of the Jane Addams’ Hull House and the community it served can apply. Applicants must submit a paper researching the relationship that existed between Hull House and the near-west side community that Jane Addams had labeled. The Hull House Neighborhood.
The purpose of the research paper is to determine if the Hull House Museum’s bibliographies and companion websites should include the stories of those who lived the experience of growing up in the inner core of the Hull House Neighborhood. The research paper should examine the extent of the relationship that existed between Jane Addams and the immigrant population it served. There are currently two divergent views:
The Italian American enclave was the predominant ethnic group upon which the Hull House sociologists tested their theories and formulated their protests to the establishment. Therefore the written works of those who had lived the experience of growing up in the inner core of the Hull House neighborhood should be included in the massive bibliographies and companion websites of the Hull House Museum for the benefit of historians, scholars and the public alike. Editor, Taylor Street Archives Hull House served 24 other ethnic neighborhoods, as well. Therefore, the stories of those who lived the experience of growing up in the inner core of the Hull House Neighborhood; i.e., The Taylor Street Archives, have no basis for their claim to be included in our bibliographies. Director, Hull House Museum. Deadline is December 31.
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