WestportREADS: Lillian Wald At Home: Rochester, Henry Street, Westport and the World

March 18th, 2020

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Lillian Wald is best known as the founder of Henry Street Settlement and the Visiting Nurse Service on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1893.  She was also a nurse and Progressive activist who worked for immigrant and Civil Rights, woman suffrage, public health, and global antimilitarism.  In coordination with the WestportREADS exhibit, history professor Margorie N. Feld will trace the arc of Wald’s career, from her lessons in Rochester, New York to her long and successful public career on Henry Street through to her retirement years in Westport.  Through stories, “Lillian Wald at Home” will illuminate how Wald’s activism drew from her sense of feeling at home with people from across the world.


Program located at the Westport Public Library in Brooks Place space


There is no charge for this event however reservations are recommended, register online here or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form. 


Marjorie N. Feld is professor of history at Babson College in Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on U.S. social, gender, and labor history. She is the author of Lillian Wald: A Biography, which won the 2007-2008 Saul Viener Book Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society, and Nations Divided: American Jews and the Struggle over Apartheid.   



Cover Image: National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian Institution