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Catalog Number 10046-18
Title Rocker, Childs; Windsor Style
Object Name Chair, Rocking
Description Windsor style, flat seat wooden chair with three spindles.
Date 1878-1886
Year Range from 1878
Year Range to 1886
Culture American
Used Grand Island; Hall County
Height (in) 22.125
Width (in) 12.5
People Abbott, Grace, 1878-1939
History Rocking chair used by Grace Abbott.

Sisters Edith and Grace Abbott made unique contributions to education and social work not only in Nebraska but on a national and international level. Grace attended the Grand Island Baptist College and then taught in high schools in Grand Island and in Broken Bow, Nebraska. In 1907 she went to Chicago to continue her education at the University of Chicago. She began her career in social work in 1908, working with immigrants at Hull House in Chicago. For nine years she directed the Immigrants Protective League. Concerned about the welfare of children and infants, she became a leader in the fight for federal legislation protecting children's rights. Through her efforts, the Sheppard-Towner Act, coordinating federal and state aid for mothers and children, was passed.

In 1921 President Warren Harding appointed Miss Abbott head of the Children's Bureau in the Department of Labor. She continued in this position until 1934 when she resigned to become a professor of public welfare at the University of Chicago. Grace Abbott died in Chicago on June 19, 1939. She was voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1976.

Credit line Charlotte E. Abbott, San Francisco, California
Collection Abbott, Charlotte E.