|Title||Hattie O. Franklin Pattern Book|
|Collection||Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives Manuscript Collect|
|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.|
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|
Temple Beth El
Self Help Circle
Franklin, Hattie O.
|Notes||In 2012, new binding was put on the book by Bessenbery Bindery in Dexter, Michigan.|