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The House on Henry Street

Lillian Wald, 1867 - 1940

"During the two decades of the existence of the Settlement there has been a significant awakening on matters of social concern, particularly those affecting the protection of children throughout society in general; and a new sense of responsibility among men and women...

"Some have found the Settlement [to be] an opportunity for self-realization...All of us who have worked together have worked not for each other but for the cause of human progress; that is the beginning and it should be the end of The House on Henry Street."

In 1915, at the peak of her career, Wald published the history of Henry Street and her work in The House on Henry Street. Dedicated to "the comrades who have built the house," the book became a classic for generations of nursing, sociology, and social welfare students. The Settlement's services continued to grow; in 1915 alone one hundred nurses cared for more than 26,575 patients and made more than 227,000 home visits.

Notes: 
  1. "During the two decades..." Lillian Wald, The House on Henry Street. (New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc. 1915) preface.
  2. "the comrades who have..." Lillian Wald, The House on Henry Street. (New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc. 1915)preface.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Lillian Wald - The House on Henry Street." (Viewed on April 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/wald/house-on-henry-street>.