Category Archives: Social services

Elizabeth Brown Ide

Elizabeth Brown Ide (1873-1978), who was born into money and married more, could have been merely a socialite. Instead, she became Springfield’s most prominent children’s advocate during the early 20th century. Ide’s parents were Christopher Brown and Caroline Owsley Brown, … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Medicine, Prominent figures, Public health, Social services, Springfield Survey, Women | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Women’s literary clubs

The literary club movement began early in the 19th century as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution. The first recorded occurrence was a lecture series started in Milbury, Mass., in 1826. By 1834, 3,000 groups had been organized to listen … Continue reading

Posted in Amusements, Arts and letters, Lindsay, Vachel, Prominent figures, Social services, Springfield Survey, Women | 4 Comments

Illinois Agricultural Works

The Illinois Agricultural Works, founded in 1882, had a farm implement plant at 10th and South streets for a few years. However, it is most notable because of its status as an early, failed business venture of the later cereal … Continue reading

Posted in Industry, Prominent figures, Social services | Leave a comment

Fire escape hazards, 1914 (Springfield Survey photo)

The Springfield Survey was a massive study of local schools, prisons, and other institutions undertaken in 1914 by the Russell Sage Foundation with the help of hundreds of local volunteers. Topics covered included schools, care of “mental defectives, the insane … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Photos and photosets, Social services, Springfield Survey | Tagged | Leave a comment

Franciscan Life Center (Franciscan motherhouse)

The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, who have served the sick in central Illinois since 1875, have their headquarters on a 300-acre site northeast of Springfield. The order of Roman Catholic nuns purchased the property (then 500 acres) in 1917 … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Arts and letters, Churches, Public health, Social services, Women | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Child and Family Service of Sangamon County

Child and Family Service was created when the Family Welfare Association and the Springfield Day Nursery merged into the existing Children’s Service League in 1953. The Colored Children’s Service Bureau joined CFS in 1959, and the name was changed to … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Social services | Leave a comment

Family Service Center

The original progenitor of the Family Service Center, 730 E. Vine St., was the Home for the Friendless, a residential facility for children and destitute women that was created in 1863. The home operated at Seventh Street and South Grand … Continue reading

Posted in Social services | Leave a comment

Children’s Service Bureau

The Children’s Service League originated as the Children’s Bureau, a subdivision of the Family Welfare Association, in 1925, but soon became an independent entity. In 1928, the Children’s Bureau merged with the Home for the Friendless to become the Children’s … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Social services | Leave a comment

Home for the Friendless

The Home for the Friendless assisted indigent women and children of Springfield from 1863 to 1928, when it was merged into the Children’s Service League. The gradual addition of other social service agencies ultimately led to formation of the Family … Continue reading

Posted in African Americans, Children, Social services, Springfield Survey, Women | 5 Comments

Colored Children’s Service Bureau

The Colored Children’s Service Bureau was formed to care for destitute black children in 1933, following the failure of Eva Carroll Monroe’s Lincoln Colored Home. Also see Home for the Friendless in this index and the Family Service Center’s online history.

Posted in African Americans, Children, Social services | Leave a comment