Light….I am submitting this for Jake’s Sunday post. This week the topic is Light. As you can imagine, that is a favorite topic of mine!! This particular photo was actually taken by the MN Historical society. However, it is a photo of an idea and woman who was a light to thousands. You may have heard of Hull House in Chicago. That was a settlement house started by Jane Hall. The Margaret Barry Settlement House was started in north Minneapolis by my great grandmother. Β The Margaret Barry House, a settlement house in northeast Minneapolis founded in 1912 by the Minneapolis League of Catholic Women. She and her forward thinking ideas helped thousands and thousands of new immigrants. Her insistence on their education and assimilation lit the path for thousands. Her involvement garnered families educational opportunities, medical help, and help with all kinds of things. If she wasn’t a light, who is?

Children on steps of Margaret Barry House, Minneapolis.

Margaret Barry House, 759 Pierce, Minneapolis.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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31 Responses to Light

  1. Patricia says:

    Amazing, Kate. What year were these photos taken, and is the house still there?
    A nice history and legacy to have in the family.


    • Kate Kresse says:

      Hi Patricia~ I checked a little and added some more info above. This particular photo was actually taken by the MN Historical society. The Margaret Barry Settlement House Photo taken in 1953 (house at 759 Pierce Street NE (in Minneapolis; added to the Historic register in 1984). Since it is on the Historic register, I would assume that the house is still there. I am going to check Google View and see if it is still there.

  2. jakesprinter says:

    Beautiful interpretation Kate πŸ™‚

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Wow, Kate–I remember reading about Hull House when I was young, but was unfamiliar with Margaret Barry, your great grandmother! You come from stellar good stock!!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      The funny thing is that I don’t even remember hearing about it until about 10 years ago myself! It may have been discussed, and I don’t remember it. I’d say she was a shining star, though! I am working on putting together a book about her and her efforts. Hull House was the big super-star of settlement houses.

  4. Hi Kate,
    Lovely to connect with you through Jake’s Sunday Post Challenge!
    Isn’t it amazing how many different interpretations of ‘Light” we find as we hop over to everyone else’s post?
    I LOVE yours…people can and should definitely be the light to others…and themselves. πŸ™‚ I’m all about uplifting young children and empowering parents to do just that. πŸ™‚

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I can see from your fabulous blog that that is what you are about! How thrilling to find you. Loved your interpretation, too. Have a wonderful day~ God bless you and your work!

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  6. Jo Bryant says:

    A wonderful post Kate…loved all of it

  7. Great post Kate, the kids in the picture look so innocent and carefree; what a difference does fifty years make! Very interesting bit of history.

  8. fiztrainer says:

    I LOVE old photos. What a great story. You must be so proud. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

  9. Isn’t this interesting! It’s in your genes to be an encouragement and support to others! Lovely! Debra

  10. TBM says:

    Great interpretation of Light!

  11. oregonsmiles says:

    Kate, This is such a great story. I do family genealogy research for a hobby, so when I hear and see pictorial stories like this is just warms my heart. It even makes it more special that the building is still standing and you could go and look at it. Thank you for sharing. ~Franny

  12. dogear6 says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing some family history!


  13. Lighting my world when somehow I need it most. Your posts never fail to enlighten the worries that I am reminded by you to let go, Let God. Thank you for this Kate.

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