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.”

Recent Stories

Rehab Begins for Fire-Ravaged School Building in Chinatown

In the wake of the devastating fire at the old Public School 23 building in Chinatown, the cleanup and rehab is full throttle. City contractors starting assembling scaffolding at the scorched 70 Mulberry Street earlier this week. The web of bars is making its way up the whole structure ahead of imminent debris removal. Meanwhile, […]

‘Bel Fries’ Nears Opening on Ludlow Street

The plywood is deposed, revealing the second fast-fry joint for Hell Square. Indeed, it took eighteen months, and several different murals on its shed, but Bel Fries is pretty much ready to go at 132 Ludlow Street. When we first broke word of its arrival in September 2018, we had been told it was called […]

Embattled WeWork Expands into New SoHo Development with 5-Story Workspace

WeWork just opened its latest downtown co-working location, with an enormous stake in a new SoHo development. Nameplate is up. The embattled company took a chunk of 140 Crosby Street (aka 606 Broadway), which came on line last year. The footprint is massive, with office space sprawled across five floors of the modern building. For […]

Pornhub Pop-up Heads to Allen Street for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Pornhub is pulling out the stops with a Lower East Side store. Beginning today, the porn website is hosting a two-day pop-up on Allen Street. Located at the corner of Broome Street – and steps from the Janina synagogue – the stunt is meant to woo horny locals to become premium customers. […]

Face Mask Price Gouging and Long Lines at Chinatown Post Offices Amidst Coronavirus Fears

With elevated fears over Coronavirus gripping the world, many like myself, with family in China and Hong Kong, are worried about the shortage of surgical or N95 face masks overseas. While the masks themselves might not be sufficient protection against the virus, it does provide some measure of comfort. But as I discovered, buying these […]