Society for the Entertainment of Shut-ins, 1909 [annual report]

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Title

Society for the Entertainment of Shut-ins, 1909 [annual report]

Description

The Society for the Entertainment of Shut-Ins (SESI) was founded in 1901 by the Rev. George W. Shinn, D. D. in Boston, Massachusetts. Shinn was the rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Newton, Ma. 

According to these documents, the Society aimed “to relive the monotony and pain of a shut-in life…Its original plan included giving entertainments in hospitals and other institutions…the present work is chiefly among isolated invalids, and almost entirely with chronic sufferers, 'whom the Lord has shut in.'”

Excerpts: 

p. 2-3 "It is, however, in the subtler forms of cheer, in the building up of hope and courage, infinding new interests or reviving old ones, in bringing good books or new ideas, in carrying 'golden gossip' to those who have drifted into an eddy of petty interests, in giving comfort at times of especial suffering or grief, that the Society does its best work."

p. 6 "A helpless invalid who lies alone all day in a cheerless tenement because she and the sister who supports her cannot bear to be separated, has had much brightness brought into her sinularly desolate life, and is exceedingly grateful." 

p. 8 "This Society is closely affiliated with the Shut-In Society, which publishes the 'Open Window,' a monthly magazine which serves as a means of communication between its members who are scattered throughout the world although chiefly in the United States."

Creator

Shinn, George W.

Date

1909

Contributor

Simmons University Library

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Notes

Learn more: 
The Shut-in Society. An association of invalids who correspond with one another. San Francisco Call, Volume 67, Number 165, 4 May 1890, California Digital Newspaper Collection 
Old Age Assistance: An Overview, Social Welfare History Project 
Aid For The Aged: Title I of the Social Security Act, Social Welfare History Project 
Achenbaum, W.A. and Carr, L.C. A Brief History of Aging Services in the United States, American Society on Aging

Citation

Shinn, George W. , “Society for the Entertainment of Shut-ins, 1909 [annual report],” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed February 17, 2019, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/419.