Henry Street Settlement Receives $360K Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 at 9:28 am by
Photo: Henry Street Settlement

Photo: Henry Street Settlement

The Henry Street Settlement recently won a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Indeed, $360,000 –  the largest non-media grant awarded – has been earmarked to support the settlement’s latest venture, “The House on Henry Street: Settlements, Public Health and Social Reform.” It’s multi-platform exhibition that will “explore social activism, urban poverty and public health through the lens of Henry Street’s history.”

The focal point will be a permanent interactive exhibition in the Settlement’s historic headquarters at 265 Henry Street. They’re also working to implement a web-based component with curriculum materials for both high school and college teachers, to help expand on the history and its interpretation, plus a walking tour app for mobile devices, which will continue the story on the streets of the Lower East Side. A public historian will be hired for 18 months to create public programs of interest to the Settlement community.

Photo: Henry Street Settlement

Photo: Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street was only one of two applicants to receive this non-media grant, and one of only 204 applications nationwide to receive an award. The project will be the centerpiece of Henry Street’s 125th anniversary, which the Settlement will celebrate next year.

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for supporting this important project,” said David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street. “This is a wonderful way to honor our venerable history during our Quasquicentennial year and beyond.”

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