Kate Mullany House

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Kate Mullany House
Kate Mullany House oblique view.jpg
Kate Mullany House is located in New York
Kate Mullany House
Location 350 8th Street, Troy, NY
Coordinates 42°44′23.64″N 73°40′54.49″W / 42.7399000°N 73.6818028°W / 42.7399000; -73.6818028Coordinates: 42°44′23.64″N 73°40′54.49″W / 42.7399000°N 73.6818028°W / 42.7399000; -73.6818028
Built 1869
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 98000453
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 1, 1998[1]
Designated NHL April 1, 1998[2]

The Kate Mullany House was the home of Kate Mullany (1845–1906), an early female labor leader who started the all-women Collar Laundry Union in Troy, New York in February 1864. It was one of the first women's unions that lasted longer than the resolution of a specific issue.

The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.[2][3] It is now a National Historic Site.

It is located at 350 8th Street in Troy, just off NY 7 one empty lot east of the Collar City Bridge.

Designation as a National Historic Site[edit]

Then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton toured the house in 2000, and named it as a "treasure".[4] Senator Daniel P. Moynihan had introduced a bill to designate the home as a National Historic Site, but the bill had languished in the United States Senate.[citation needed]

Senator Clinton took up the bill in January 2001 when Moynhian retired, and she advocated for the home.[5] There were hearings on the bill,[6] and the Congressional Budget Office undertook an official budget analysis for the United States Congress.[7] The bill was co-sponsored by Senator Clinton and Representative Mike McNulty, supported by organized labor,[8] and passed both houses of Congress.[9][10][11][12]

Recognition of the house[edit]

The Kate Mullany House is recognized by a number of government agencies and charities as an important historic site. Both the house,[13] and Kate Mullany's grave,[14] are preserved as historic sites by an affiliate of the Federal government. Wiawaka, a women's camp in Lake George, New York, has memorialized the house.[15] The New York State Senate honored the house and its most famous resident for Women's History Month in March 2007.[16] The house is also on the New York Women's Heritage Trail.[17]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Kate Mullany House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15. 
  3. ^ Page Putnam Miller, Jill S. Mesirow, Andrew Laas, John W. Bond, and Rachel Bliven (September 4, 1997). "National Historic Landmark Nomination—Kate Mullany House PDF (864 KB)". National Park Service.  and Accompanying 2 photos, from 1994. PDF (493 KB)
  4. ^ First Lady's official web site Treasure Tour page. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  5. ^ Senator Clinton's official issues page. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  6. ^ Hearing Testimony on the Kate Mullany House NHS bill. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  7. ^ Congressional Budget Office official web site page on the cost estimate. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  8. ^ Bill for NHS from the Teamsters web site. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  9. ^ Bill for NHS from GovNotes web site. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  10. ^ Bill from gov records. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  11. ^ Bill passed, Mike McNulty's official web site. Accessed January 24, 2008. Archived December 30, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Global Legal Information Network on the NHS bill. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  13. ^ Kate Mullany House National Historic Site official web site. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  14. ^ Kate Mullany grave official web page. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  15. ^ Wiawaka web site page on Kate Mullany. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  16. ^ NY State Senate Women's History month web page. Accessed January 24, 2008.
  17. ^ New York Women's Heritage Trail official web site. Accessed January 24, 2008.

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