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 NHLD 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. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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). 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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