Laura Jane Addams
Laura Jane Addams was born on September 6th, 1860 in Cedarville Illinois. At the age of twenty in 1881, Jane graduated from the Rockford Female Seminary. She then began traveling alongside Ellen Gates Starr and later continued on to Medical School. After receiving her education and wanting to move on to bigger and better things, the 27-year-old Addams visited the famed Toynbee Hall in London, England, a special facility established to help the poor. She and Starr were so impressed by the settlement house that they sought to create one in Chicago. It wouldn't be long before their dream became reality
Only two years later, Laura Jane co-founded one of the first settlements in the United States (The Hull House in Chicago, Illinois 1889). The Hull House provided Child Care, Education Courses, Art Gallery, Public Kitchen. Here the poor and immigrant population could find security and help starting their lives over.
After starting up the Hull House, Jane Addams continued to find ways to get involved in her community. Addams served on Chicago’s Board of Education 1905 (Chair School Management Committee), was the first Female President of the National Conference of Social Work 1910, and established the National Federation of Settlements in 1911. Jane was lucky enough to attend the International Congress of Women in the Netherlands in 1915. Jane Addams was awarded as the co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize with Nicholas Murray Butler.
Jane Addams health has always played a trouble role since her youth. Her health began to seriously decline after surviving a heart attack in 1926. She later died on May 21, 1935 at the age of 74 in Chicago.
Today, the original building of the Hull House is still standing. In 1963, most of the other original buildings were demolished in order for the construction of the University of Illinois Chicago.