By Robert G. Barrows

Albion Fellows Bacon
Indiana’s Municipal Housekeeper
Robert G. Barrows

Examines the occupation of a number one revolutionary period reformer.

Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1865, Albion Fellows was once reared within the within sight hamlet of McCutchanville and graduated from Evansville highschool. She labored for numerous 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, besides the fact that, she was once stricken with an affliction that lasted for a number of years, an affliction that can have resulted from a true or perceived absence of retailers for her intelligence and creativity.

Bacon ultimately came across such retailers in a myriad of voluntary institutions and social welfare campaigns. She used to be most sensible recognized 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 serious about baby welfare, urban making plans and zoning, and numerous public future health efforts. Bacon grew to become Indiana’s most desirable "municipal houskeeper," a revolutionary period time period for girls who utilized their family talents to social difficulties plaguing their communities.

She additionally stumbled on time to jot down approximately her social reform efforts and her spiritual religion in articles and pamphlets. She released one quantity of children’s tales, and authored numerous pageants. One topic she didn't write approximately was once women’s suffrage. whereas she didn't oppose votes for ladies, suffrage was once by no means her precedence. however the truth of her participation in public affairs did boost the reason for women’s political equality and supplied a job version for destiny generations.

Robert G. Barrows, affiliate Professor of heritage at Indiana college at Indianapolis, used to be formerly an editor on the Indiana ancient Bureau. He has released a number of magazine articles and booklet chapters facing Indiana heritage and American city heritage, and he coedited (with David J. Bodenhamer) the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana collage Press).

The Sheltered Life
The grasp of the Thorns
Ambassador of the Poor
The houses of Indiana
Child Welfare
City Plans and nationwide Housing Standards
Prose, Poetry, and Pageants
Municipal Housekeeper and Inadvertent Feminist

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