DINNER AT JANE'S: Deep Background from Mary Jane Jacob

So here I am running all around Illinois with my DINNER AT JANE’S roadshow, & meanwhile Mary Jane Jacob, one of the people most responsible for making it all possible, works about five minutes from me in an office at the School of the Art Institute!  She hands me a copy of her book CULTURE IN ACTION & she points to the first chapter (Full Circle: Suzanne Lacy & A Coalition of Chicago Women), & there’s the whole background of the project, & a list of all the participants at the dinner, & fabulous quotes from Suzanne, as well as highly-informative text of her own.  She gave me a copy of the book, & I responded by giving her a swan pin & a WITASWAN brochure.

     I’ve updated the DINNER AT JANE’S flyer with some information culled from the book. I’ve also found some great links with current news about Suzanne Lacy. But all this just scratches the surface! According to Mary Jane, the famous rocks created for the original project are all in storage, as are items created for the Jane Addams Sculpture Garden. But in the year plus I’ve been working on the Jane Addams Day project, this was the first time anyone had said word one to me about a Jane Addams Sculpture Garden!!! Who knew?!?!  AND THAT’S THE POINT!!!

     So here’s one definite goal for the next Jane Addams Day in 2008: let’s get the elements of the Jane Addams Sculpture Garden out of storage! This is work by an important artist about an important woman, & the people of Chicago deserve access to it.  After all, according to Mary Jane, we paid for it all over a decade ago.

3 Responses
  1. Hello, whoever!
    I had no idea there is an annual Jane Addams commemmorative holiday – and I want to be part. I am the granddaughter of a “Hull House Child,” Edna Dewar, my grandmother, who grew up across the street from Hull House and knew Jane Addams very well. On the basis of that detailed association and reading Jane Addams’ own works, a playwright named Karma Ibsen and I wrote a musical called “Saint Jane and the Devil Baby,” loosely based on true stories from Hull House. Some of the songs have been performed in concert at the Imagination Education for Everyone! conference at National-Louis University, and in my concerts. I would like very much to make the songs and/or the whole musical available for consideration for the events. Jane Addams is my family’s “household deity.” Please tell me how to be a part.

  2. Very happy to hear from you, Kristin! Altho the ’07 program is now fixed (& less than 2 weeks away), this is just Year One of an annual celebration that we hope will grow bigger & better every year. So please come meet everyone at the Chicago History Museum on 12/8/07, & then join the planning team for 2008 🙂

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