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The information on these pages is from a 1920's era pamphlet and is provided for historical purposes only.  The services described herein no longer exist, yet the legacy of Thomas H. Swope continues at Kansas City's Swope Health Services.

 
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THE WORK OF THE
THOMAS H. SWOPE SETTLEMENT

ACTIVITIES

Women's Sewing Classes:  Called the "Friendly Menders" meets
on Wednesday afternoons.  The women of the neighborhood meet to do their mending and help one another.  Some little entertainment is provided.  This is a very popular club and is one of the most advanced ideas of Settlement work.
Basketry Classes:  Two classes in basket weaving are given to both
boys and girls.
Dancing Classes:  Four classes are given besides the dances held in
the auditorium of the Settlement.  Folk and National dances are encouraged and taught.
Literary Clubs:  Several literary clubs have been organized among
the young people most of whom are graduates of the grammar and high schools.
Gardening:  On a plot of ground about 100' x 180', 38 gardeners have
been planted by different families.  These gardens are all growing and will furnish a great part of the families supplies for the summer.  The people furnished their own seed.  The Settlement had the ground prepared and allotted the tracts to those who desired them.
Clay Modeling:  A select number of talented adults and children are 
being instructed three afternoons a week.
Music Classes:  Several Music classes have been formed and among 
them is the young men's Mandolin and Guitar Club.
Sunday School:  Gentile Sunday School is held in the Gymnasium
every Sunday from 3 to 4 p. m., conducted by the Deaconesses from Fisk Hall.  Jewish Sunday School is held in the Auditorium.
Story Telling:  Two afternoons each week Story Hour is held for 
children.
Friendly Visiting:  Special calls are made by the workers at the
Settlement in cases of sickness or trouble and to obtain members for the clubs, advertise the different activities and especially to let people know with regard to the work of the dispensary.
The Board of Public Welfare:  The Settlement is co-operating with
the Board in every possible way.  A representative of the board who is investigation conditions and making surveys maintains an office in the Settlement Building.

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