Evansville in Vanderburgh County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Albion Fellows Bacon
Association in 1907, which became The
YWCA of Evansville in 1911*
*Early twentieth century advocate of
housing and social reforms on local, state
and national levels*
*Crusader for welfare of women and
*Poet and Author*
*Member of Vanderburgh Chapter, DAR*
Marker dedicated October 18, 2000
by Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Erected 2000 by Captain Henry Vanderburgh Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Location. 37° 58.326′ N, 87° 34.497′ W. Marker is in Evansville, Indiana, in Vanderburgh County. Marker is on Vine Street west of NW 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located near the sidewalk, directly in front of the Evansville YWCA building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Vine Street, Evansville IN 47708, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holy Trinity Parish Sesquicentennial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sheriff's Residence and Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vanderburgh County World War I Honor Roll The Short Lived Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vanderburgh County World War II Honor Roll (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCurdy - Sears Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wabash and Erie Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ohio River Levee (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Evansville.
Also see . . .
1. Albion Fellows Bacon - Reformer and Author.
One day, almost by chance, Bacon discovered Evansville’s riverfront slums and was moved to become a “friendly visitor” for the city’s associated charities. In time she organized the Men’s Circle of Friendly Visitors, the Flower Mission for poor working girls, a Working Girls’ Association, an Anti-Tuberculosis League, and the Monday Night Club of influential citizens interested in charitable work. Becoming convinced that substandard housing lay at the root of all the social ills she had witnessed, she drafted a model state law that, after she had directed a yearlong public campaign and lobbying effort, was passed by the Indiana legislature in 1909. (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Albion Fellows Bacon - Indiana's Municipal Housekeeper.
She also found time to write about her social reform efforts and her religious faith in articles and pamphlets. She published one volume of children’s stories, and authored several pageants. One subject she did not write about was women’s suffrage. While she did not oppose votes for women, suffrage was never her priority. But the reality of her participation in public affairs did advance the cause of women’s political equality and provided a role model for future generations. (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Albion Fellows Bacon.
As Indiana's foremost "municipal housekeeper," a Progressive Era term for women who applied their domestic skills to social problems plaguing their communities, Bacon had a range of reform interests. She is best remembered for her efforts to improve housing standards and her work on tenement reform. A recognized expert in the field of housing reform, Bacon was persistent in her efforts to secure passage of legislative proposals for the issue, which resulted in passage of housing legislation in Indiana in 1909, 1913, and 1917. Bacon earned a national reputation as a social reformer that resulted in her appointment to the President's Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership and served on its standards and objectives committee. (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Notable Persons • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.