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Accession number FIC.2
Object Name Manuscript
Title Hattie O. Franklin Pattern Book
Collection Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives Manuscript Collect
Date 1900
Scope & Content The pattern book of Hattie O. Franklin (wife of Rabbi Leo M. Franklin). The books were used to teach immigrant women how to sew.
Admin/Biographical History In 1899 a small group of choir girls from Temple Beth El began to sew items for children of immigrants. Mrs. Joseph Finsterwald suggested that the girls would benefit the children more if they taught them to sew for themselves. Thus, the Self Help Circle began. Sophie Krolik undertook the leadership of the group and enlisted the help of women such as Hattie Franklin.

Under Mrs. Krolik's leadership, the Self Help Circle became a domestic training school and offered daily and weekly classes in cooking, cleaning, sewing, and Sunday classes in English and other academic subjects. By 1904 the program had grown to over two-hundred students. In 1904, the Self Help Circle became a part of the United Jewish Charities.
Extent of Description 1 Book.
Credit line Hattie O. Franklin Papers, Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives
Search Terms Temple Beth El
Self Help Circle
People Franklin, Hattie O.
Notes In 2012, new binding was put on the book by Bessenbery Bindery in Dexter, Michigan.