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Rockford College hosts birthday bash for alumna

Wednesday, September 08, 2010  
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Posted Sep 08, 2010 @ 12:34 AM
Last update Sep 08, 2010 @ 12:53 AM

Rockford College celebrated Jane Addams’ 150th birthday with a party Tuesday at the college’s Lion’s Den, 5050 E. State St.

Addams, a Rockford College alumna, also will be remembered at a celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Belvidere Oasis on Interstate 90, the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. The event is free and open to the public.

The event next week will feature a birthday cake, free food and beverages, informational displays and local Addams re-enactor Amy Nyman. Representatives from the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Illinois Tollway Authority will also address the crowd.

Addams graduated from Rockford College in 1882 as class valedictorian. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her work to promote world peace, primarily as president and founder of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Her efforts led to Illinois’ first child labor law, the first eight-hour workday law for women, the first public kindergarten, the first playground and first juvenile court.

Addams fans also will host a birthday party at noon today at Daley Plaza in Chicago. The party will be followed by a block party sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull House Association and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum from 4 to 6 p.m. at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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