|It's been rainy today in Chicago, but Chicago is a town that looks good wet. This is true of other things as well.|
|I'm a guest of sorts of the Association for Humanist Sociology, which is having its annual meeting this week.|
From the conference HQ (the Hilton-Orrlington), conferees took a bus to Hull House, which is a very cool place indeed.
|Hull House was founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. It is the most famous example of the century-old phenomenon of "settlement houses," of which there were 500 in the U.S. by 1920.|
Naturally, Addams, a pacifist and progressive sociologist, had an FBI file; she was regarded for a time as "the most dangerous person in the country."
She was a philosopher, you know. A "feminist pragmatist."
In 1932, she received a Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1935.
|There isn't much left of the huge complex that Hull House became, but at least two buildings remain, and they are fascinating. Above is a clock in the larger building. Here we see keys used by Addams and other Hull House officials. You can read more about Hull House here.|
Tomorrow, the U-505!