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Susan L. Porter

Susan L. Porter is a research consultant, a lecturer in Museum Studies at the Harvard University Extension School, and a scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She is the editor of Women of the Commonwealth: Work, Family, and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts and the author of Gendered Benevolence: Orphan Asylums in Antebellum America (forthcoming) and several articles on the history of child welfare, adoption, and work. Porter earned her A.B. at Smith College, her M.A. at the University of Massachusetts, and her Ph.D. at Boston University.

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Irene Rothschild Guggenheim

Irene Rothschild Guggenheim founded the Brightside Day Nursery and made it her life’s work, overseeing children’s services from day care for newborns to vocational training for teenagers. She later became director of the association of Day Nurseries of New York City, raising the standards of childcare in New York, and a trustee of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

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