Looking back on Wells and other settlement houses across Minneapolis
Note the many faith traditions that were involved in similar efforts.
Cover of a brochure from the early days of the Settlement House showing the main entrance
Note the cross above the entrance.
Photo of the Settlement House
Sadly, the property at 116 N. 1st is now occupied by a large pawn shop.
Brochure page describing the day nursery
Note how in those days the names and addresses of staff members are listed.
Brochure page describing the "industrial" schooling received
Note description of the practical skills being taught.
Brochure page listing staff and board members
From the previous brochure - included in the list of participants were a "directress" and "pianist" for dance classes.
Wells staff and board members
Photo taken in the early days of the Settlement House.
Children eating
In this era children, like adults, hadn't yet learned the "smile reflex" when it came to the camera.
An older woman and her young friend
Photo c. 1940.
Cover of brochure describing the summer camp program Wells ran
From 1924.
Prices and schedule for the summer camp
Note that the day began with "reveille" and ended with "taps".
Photo of boys catching fish
Publicity shot taken for the summer camp booklet,
Photo from a 1989 article about Ellie and Bill Hands
Because of an injury to her son (Bill) Ellie Hands secured Wells funding for the Minnesota Head Trauma Association.
Article about Students With Children and volunteer Bev Hayden
Like so many Wells-funded programs volunteers have always been critical. Bev Hayden worked tirelessly on this program that was housed at St. Mark's and funded by Wells and others. Students With Children allowed selected young single mothers continue their education by providing them with quality, affordable daycare.
Painting of Loring-Nicollet-Bethlehem buildings
Wells continues to fund the LNB successor organization, Project Pride in Living.