Hull House Weekly Program

March 1892


A Social Settlement

At 335 So. Halsted Street, Chicago




Drawing – Studio, Butler Gallery – 7:30 to 9 (College Extension)

         Miss Alice D. Kellogg


Classes in Singing – Drawing Room – 7 to 9 (College Extension)

         Miss Eleanor Smith


Needlework (German Method) – Art Exhibit Room, Butler Gallery – 7 to 9

         Fraulein Amalie Hannig


Reading Party “Felix Holt” – Octagon – 7 to 8 (College Extension)

         Miss Jane Addams (B.A. Rockford Seminary)


Hull House Columbian Guards – Gymnasium – 7 to 8

         Drillmaster, Mr. T.W. Allinson

         Civic Instructor, Mr. J.P. Cary

         The Columbian Guards is a company of twenty-five lads who are organized under the constitution issued by the Municipal Order Committee of the World’s Fair Auxiliary. They are pledged to good citizenship and a clean city.


Mothers’ Evening Club – Diet Kitchen—7:30 to 9

         This Club is composed of women who are occupied during the day.  They have at present elected a course in cooking with Miss Nason as teacher.  Other courses will follow.


Women’s Gymnastic Classes – Gymnasium – 8 to 9 (For College Extension Students)

         Miss Isabel Stone

         Pianist, Miss Sophie Ware


Physiography – Reception Room – 8 to 9 (College Extension)

         Mr. R. M. Bissell (A.B. Yale College)


Biology – Reception Room – 8 to 9 (College Extension)

         Dr. Hardie (A.B. University of Toronto)

(The two subjects above alternate weekly)


Arithmetic – Dining Room – 7 to 9

         I Division, Mr. Seymour Coman

         II Division, Mr. Ernest Geoghegan


Algebra Advanced – Upper Hall – 7 to 8 (College Extension)

         Miss Isabel Stone (B.A. Wellesley College)




Shakespeare (Hamlet) – Drawing Room – 7 to 8 (College Extension)

         Miss Ellen Gates Starr


Algebra – Dining Room – 7 to 8 (College Extension)

         Mr. R. M. Bissell (A. B. Yale College)


Lecture or Concert – Drawing Room – 8 to 9


         Program for Twelve Weeks


Jan 14 “Socrates” Mr. Chas. F. Bradley, Prof. of Biblical Exegisis, Northwestern Universeity


Jan 21 “Psychology and History” Mr. John Dewey, Prof of Psychology, University of Michigan


Jan 28 “Classic Art” Mr. Lorado Taft


Feb 4 “Concert” – Schubert. Songs, Miss Eleanor Smith. Piano, Miss Katharine Lyon.



Hull House Athletic Club – Gymnasium – 7:30-9:30

         This Club has existed for two years with the same membership under various names.  The members, thirty in number, are girls from fourteen to sixteen years of age.  After an hour of gymnastics they read and discuss matters of interest to the Club.

         Gymnastic Teacher, Miss Savage.

         Pianist, Miss Henry.


Cooking Class – Diet Kitchen – 7:30 to 9

          Miss Allen




Reception to Germans – Drawing Room – 8 to 10

         Fraulein Neuschafer and the residents receive.  The evening is entirely social in character, music and the reading of German literature, or history, occupying a part of the time.  A small German library is at the disposal of the guests.




Clay Modeling – Studio, Butler Gallery – 7:30 to 9

         Miss Julia Brachen


English Class for Italians – Dining Room – 7 to 9

         Miss Julia M. Hintermeister.

         Receptions for Italians are held from time to time on Saturday evenings.  The celebration of Italian holidays is observed.


Meeting of the Shirt-Makers Protective Union – On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month – Drawing Room – 8 to 10

         This union was organized at Hull House by Miss Mary E. Kenney, President of the Bookbinders Union.  The second Saturday of each month is devoted to business of the Union; the fourth to lectures.





Sewing Classes for Italian Girls – 3:30-5

         Total membership, one hundred and twenty


Boys’ Class in Gymnastics – Gymnasium – 4:30 to 5:30

         Mr. Edward Bideleaux


Class Lesson on Piano – Day Nursery

         Miss Lyon




School Boys’ Clubs – 3:30 to 5

         Average membership in each Club and Division – twenty.


Fairy Story Club – Octagon

         Miss Farnsworth


Jolly Boys’ Club – Dining Room

         Miss Trowbridge


Kindergarten Club – Reception Room

         Miss Dow


Reading Party – Upper Hall – 4 to 5

Miss Miller


Latin Class-Ovid – Octagon – 5 to 6 (College Extension)

         Miss Alice M. Miller (B.A. Smith College)


Drawing Class – Studio, Butler Gallery – 3:30 to 5

         Miss Barnum




History of Medieval Art – Drawing Room – 4 to 5 (Teachers’ Class)

         Miss Starr




Hull-House Woman’s Club – Drawing Room – 2 to 3:30

         The members of this Club meet weekly.  The object is the discussion of household economics, and they study of child nature.  They hope to collect statistics in regard to the comparative costs of food, fuel, etc.



         The College Extension department is quite distinct from the other departments of Hull House.  It is designed for students who desire the advantages of higher education but whose necessities prevent them from going to colleges or giving the hours of the day to study.  A few of these students are preparing for college. . . . The students pay a fee of fifty cents a term, which covers all expenses connected with the course, as the teaching, chiefly by college graduates, is voluntary.  The present term is the sixth term of College Extension work at Hull House.  The present number of matriculated students is 182.

         The upper floor of the Butler Gallery is divided into an Art Exhibit Room and a Studio.  Three art exhibits have been held in the former. . . .  The attendance at these exhibits has averaged three hundred persons a day, the exhibit being on for two weeks and open daily from 3 to 10 pm.  The two exhibits of oil paintings included the works of Corot, Cazin, Watts, Davis, eetc., which were loaned by Mr. Charles L. Hutchinson, The Art Institute, and others . . . .

         The Butler Gallery has the lower floor fitted up for a Public Reading Room. It is a branch station of the City Public Library and is supplied by the Board with 400 books, with 60 periodicals and the services of two librarians.  It is subject to the usual regulations of branch reading rooms, and books are taken to and received from the Central City library twice a day. . . .

         A kindergarten of thirty-five children is held every morning in the Hull-House drawing room.

         Five bathrooms have been erected in the wing of Hull House.  They are open daily for the use of those who have no bathing facilities in their own houses. . . .

         The Hull House Day Nursery occupies a cottage at 221 Ewing Street.  The average attendance in 1892 has been 24 children a day.  A charge of five cents is made for each child.  The nursery has a daily Kindergarten.

         A Hull-House Diet Kitchen has been opened in the rear cottage at 221 Ewing Street.  Food for the sick are prepared daily by Miss Edith Nason, who is a graduate of St. Luke’s Training School.  Orders are received daily between 9 AM and 6 PM.  The foods are divided into broths, gruels, porridges, soups, and delicacies, a list of which is supplied to the physicians and nurses of the neighborhood.  A charge is made for the materials used.  Miss Nason, who lives at Hull House, spends her mornings in district nursing for the Visiting Nurses’ Association.  Her afternoons are given to the care of the Diet Kitchen.

         Miss Lathrop, a resident of the Hull House, has received an honorary appointment from the Cook County Commissioners as a County Visitor [social worker.] She reports daily to the County Agency.  An effort is made in all the relief work of Hull House to pursue Charity Organization methods.

         A Bureau for Woman’s Labor has been opened in an office adjoining Hull House under the charge of Mrs. Florence Kelley, and is open from 7 Am to 9 PM.  It supplies labor for factories, offices, and stores, as well as households, but aims to bring the latter under more dignified conditions than at present prevail.  In pursuance of this policy, from time to time courses of twelve daily lessons are given in the Hull House Diet Kitchen.  These lessons are designed for  young women wishing to use their skill in household labor.  Lectures on the proper care of little children are also given in the Day Nursery.




Jane Addams

Ellen Gates Starr

Anna M. Farnsworthy

Julia C. Lathrop