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October / November / December • Issue 4 • 2017 recommendation from Julia Lathrop of Hull-House for a position at the Newberry State Hospital in Michigan. The address of 824 S. Halsted suggests that Slagle resided in one of the Hull-House settlement buildings during one of her stays in Chicago (Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy. Records, [Box 13, Folder 1], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library). Steven Taylor, OTD, OTR/L Michael Reese hospital. So much so, as a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary Board, she personally funded Tracy to join the faculty of the Presbyterian Hospital of Chicago in memory of her mother (McMillan, 1922). This resulted in an educational and clinical department of occupational therapy in 1917, which still continues beyond its centennial anniversary today. Miss Drake remained the primary benefactor of the department during its primitive years. Her foresight and firm belief in the value of occupation have created a lasting legacy for the profession in Illinois. References Drake, H. V. (1916). Invalid occupations. The Presbyterian Hospital Bulletin. Retrieved from https:// McMillan, M. H. (1922). Occupational therapy in a general hospital. The Presbyterian Hospital Bulletin. Retrieved from bulletin14pres wn In Their Own Words is a feature section that highlights the original words of occupational therapists, allies, or advocates of the profession. Each piece will focus on the distinct contribution of occupational therapy to healthcare services in Illinois. This article will feature the words of Helen V. Drake, a very early ally of the profession. “During the three months ending Ju ne 1st, a class in ‘Invalid Occupations’ was very successfully conducted in Michael Reese Hospital by Miss Susan E. Tracy of Boston. For two hours each morning patients in the wards were instructed, at their bedside, in various occupations which employed their idle hands and at the same time took their minds off their ailments, the work being given to them as part of the hospital treatment, just as a prescription would be… These [things] prove most useful, and, in fact, indispensable to some interesting occupations” (Drake, 1916, pg. 5). Helen V. Drake, daughter and sister of the famed Chicago hoteliers, was profoundly impacted by the pioneering instruction done by Susan Tracy at Kathy Preissner, EdD, OTR/L Ashley Stoffel, OTD, OTR/L The Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy, which grew out of the settlement movement and was closely associated with the Hull-House settlement specifically, was established in 1908. This organization “sought to combine social work education with actual social work.” The two images shown here are the front and back of Eleanor Clarke Slagle’s Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy alumni record. The record documents that Slagle attended the “Occupations” course in the summer of 1911, and that she received a scholarship. Also worth noting is the “excellent” Page 17