Celebrating 125 Years of the ‘House on Henry Street’

Posted on: September 14th, 2018 at 5:07 am by

The Henry Street Settlement is making waves as it continues with its year long quasquicentennial celebration of providing social services, arts, and healthcare to the Lower East Side and throughout the city.

Of note, “The House on Henry Street,” a new permanent exhibit funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sun Hill Foundation, will debut at Henry Street HQ this coming Monday. The exhibit is of the interactive and historical variety, showcasing the history of the neighborhood and the birth of Henry Street Settlement back in 1893.

“Our history serves as our North Star in defining our values as an organization and in the larger society,” says Henry Street Executive Director David Garza. “Now more than ever, it is critically important that we are all aware of those values when it comes to issues of social justice, inclusion, race, equality, and the welfare of the most vulnerable among us.”

From the mailer…

The exhibit features “windows” through which visitors can “see” typical street scenes of the Lower East Side in 1893, and several other video installations. Artifacts on display include Wald’s nursing badge, a nurse’s bag from the turn of the 20th century, and a Henry Street guest book signed by Rosa Parks among other activists and reformers.

There’s a community day birthday block party happening Sunday, September 16 from noon to 5pm, and the grand opening of the permanent exhibit follows on Monday, September 17.

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