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As we celebrate our 125th birthday in 2018, Henry Street’s past will come alive though The House on Henry Street, a permanent innovative humanities project supported in part by a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will explore social activism, urban poverty and public health through the lens of Henry Street’s history.

In order to make history – WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Our Living Legacy 

Our legacy is so unique, we felt compelled to share our story with others, in New York City and beyond. And the National Endowment for the Humanities agreed by awarding a competitive implementation grant to support the launch of The House on Henry Street. (Because it’s rare for a social service agency to receive precious humanities dollars, our endeavor is as unique as our legacy.)

What is The House on Henry Street?

  • A permanent interactive exhibition in the Settlement’s c. 1830 landmark headquarters exploring social activism, urban poverty and public health through the lens of Henry Street’s history. Additionally, the historic dining room and garden, Lillian Wald’s bedroom, and nurses’ dorm rooms will be interpreted, enabling visitors to also tour a modern-day social service agency.
  • A web-based multimedia exhibition with curriculum materials for high school and college teachers will deepen the interpretation.
  • A walking tour app for mobile devices will take the story to the streets of the Lower East Side.
  • Public lectures and a series of public dialogue programs on community building and social reform, developed by our public historian with our partner organizations the Museum at Eldridge Street and The Tenement Museum, will enhance the interpretation of the history of Henry Street during and beyond its 125th anniversary year.

Help Us Celebrate by Supporting Our Work – DONATE NOW!

The project is a powerful reminder that Henry Street has been a force for progressive reform and a leading voice for vulnerable New Yorkers for 125 years. Our commitment to our work remains steadfast. Your support will help us continue to change the lives of more than 60,000 people each year through our social service, arts, and healthcare programs.

Donors to our 125th Anniversary have a range of naming opportunities as well as special benefits, including tickets to our 125th Anniversary Gala — a dinner under the stars on Henry Street in September.

Join this once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a mark on history and be part of our future!

The Perfect Birthday Gift for a 125-year-old is SUPPORT!

Download our brochure and information about donation levels

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