By Robert G. Barrows
Albion Fellows Bacon
Indiana’s Municipal Housekeeper
Robert G. Barrows
Examines the occupation of a number one innovative period reformer.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1865, Albion Fellows was once reared within the within reach hamlet of McCutchanville and graduated from Evansville highschool. She labored for a number of years as a secretary and courtroom reporter, toured Europe together with her sister, married neighborhood service provider Hilary Bacon in 1888, and settled right into a doubtless cozy regimen of middle-class domesticity. In 1892, even though, she used to be with an ailment that lasted for numerous years, an sickness which may have resulted from a true or perceived absence of retailers for her intelligence and creativity.
Bacon ultimately came across such shops in a myriad of voluntary institutions and social welfare campaigns. She was once top identified for her paintings on behalf of tenement reform and was once instrumental within the passage of laws to enhance housing stipulations in Indiana. She was once additionally excited about baby welfare, urban making plans and zoning, and numerous public well-being efforts. Bacon grew to become Indiana’s ideal "municipal houskeeper," a revolutionary period time period for girls who utilized their household talents to social difficulties plaguing their communities.
She additionally discovered time to jot down approximately her social reform efforts and her non secular religion in articles and pamphlets. She released one quantity of children’s tales, and authored numerous pageants. One topic she didn't write approximately used to be women’s suffrage. whereas she didn't oppose votes for girls, suffrage used to be by no means her precedence. however the truth of her participation in public affairs did enhance the reason for women’s political equality and supplied a task version for destiny generations.
Robert G. Barrows, affiliate Professor of background at Indiana collage at Indianapolis, was once formerly an editor on the Indiana old Bureau. He has released a number of magazine articles and ebook chapters facing Indiana background and American city historical past, and he coedited (with David J. Bodenhamer) the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana college Press).
The Sheltered Life
The seize of the Thorns
Ambassador of the Poor
The houses of Indiana
City Plans and nationwide Housing Standards
Prose, Poetry, and Pageants
Municipal Housekeeper and Inadvertent Feminist
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