THE QUEEREST HOUSE IN CHICAGO?
Friday, June 27th 3:00-4:00pm
Friday, July 11th 3:00-4:00pm
Friday, July 18th 3:00-4:00pm
Friday, July 25th 3:00-4:00pm
Gender & Sexuality Tour
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street
Bring Chicago history out of the closet! Join us for a tour of Hull-House and explore early 20th century stories of gender non-conformity, diverse definitions of family, and fierce self-expression. Was Jane Addams a lesbian? We'll contemplate this commonly asked question that lacks a simple answer.
Hull-House was world-renowned for supporting immigrants and world peace, but did you know it paved the way for LGBT rights? join us as we bring Chicago history out of the closet. We will address the question, “Was Jane Addams a lesbian?” and consider the historic context that complicates both the answer and the question itself.
As Chicago became increasingly industrialized and urbanized, societal changes included increased self-awareness and an emerging gay identity around the turn of the century. Expanding our lens into the whole Hull-House community of reformers and neighbors, we’ll consider changing gender roles, new concepts of family, and evolving sexual norms from the Progressive Era to today. On this participatory tour we will explore historic artifacts and contemporary conversations. We will consider how history connects with today’s struggles for social justice and how we might expand our own notions of gender and sexuality.
* All views expressed are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, or the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Architecture and the Arts.