Jane Addams Day AAUW Celebrations

An annual day of recognition to honor Jane Addams was signed into Illinois law by Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2006. The first Jane Addams Day was celebrated on Monday, December 10th, 2007, with a luncheon at the Hull-House Museum in Chicago. In addition to an elegantly served lunch, in the dining room where Jane Addams once dined, the event featured a program of dignitaries and diverse presenters.      
   Speakers included Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn; Illinois Democratic Majority Leader Representative Barbara Flynn Currie; Poet in Residence at the Hull-House Museum Kevin Coval who read his original poem written in honor of this event, remains. Jane Addams’ town; authors Louise (Lucy) W. Knight and Jean Bethke Elshtain who shared insight and read from their published works on the life and the enormous outreach of Jane Addams.
   Introductions, remarks, and contributions also were made by UIC Chancellor Sylvia Manning; Director of the Hull-House Museum Lisa Lee; AAUW-IL immediate past president Marla Kim Benziger, and women’s historian Barbara Joan Zeitz. This luncheon
was organized by Lisa Lee and the Hull-House Museum, and the American Association of University Women-Illinois Jane Addams Day Planning Committee chaired by
Marla Kim Benziger.

Celebration Luncheon at Hull House 2007

Jane Addams Day
Celebration Luncheon Monday, December 10, 2007

Hull-House Museum


-Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

-American Association of University Women

Photography by Ann Mehrman © 2007