Leona Gold was born in 1914 in Youngstown, Ohio. Her family moved to Manhattan, New York in 1930. Gold attended City College of New York. She worked at the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan between 1955 and 1980, and became a trustee of the organization in 1982. Between 1955 and 1957 she served as an assistant to the Director of the Fiscal Office and served as the Director from 1957 to 1980. At the time of the interview she served as a trustee. She married in 1934 and had children.
Scope and Contents
This interview was conducted on October 21, 1991 by Greg Raynor at Leona Gold’s apartment in Manhattan, New York. The interview covers Gold’s experiences at the Henry Street Settlement in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan between the 1950s and the early 1990s. Gold discusses her education, family, and her knowledge of the Henry Street Settlement before she worked there. She recounts her excitement in starting to work for the Settlement in 1955 and discusses becoming the Director of the Fiscal Office, including staff she hired and differences in the office before and after she became the Director. She discusses grants the Settlement received while she was the Director of the Fiscal Office and new programs that were established through these grants, particularly youth programs. She discusses the creation of Mobilization for Youth, its relationship with the Settlement, and staff members of the Settlement who also worked at Mobilization for Youth. She discusses other programs at the Settlement aimed at educating children and teenagers about alternatives to gangs. She discusses Directors of the Settlement, including Helen Hall, Bertram Beck, and Daniel Kronenfeld. Other topics include programs for homeless people and children of People with AIDS, the Settlement as leader in social program initiatives, and the Board of Trustees at the Settlement.
For more information regarding Leona Gold see interviews with: Beck, Bertram; McGee-Robinson, Audrey Peters; O’Malley, Nora
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