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Powelton Village

Schoff House

Hannah and Frederick Schoff raised their seven children at 3418 Baring Street (right twin) in Powelton, shown in this contemporary photo. The Schoffs moved here in the early 1880s and expanded the house to fit their famiy's needs. It was here that Hannah edited the National Congress of Mothers' journal Child Welfare (later National Parent-Teacher). She continued to live at 3418 Baring until her death in 1940. 

Hannah Schoff Family

Hannah Kent Schoff, a resident of Powelton for some 60 years, is known for her leadership of the campaign to establish a juvenile court system in Philadelphia; and for her leadership role in establishing the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as a national organization with state affiliates.

Hannah Schoff Family

Hannah Kent Schoff, a resident of Powelton, was a progressive advocate for the health and wellbeing of the nation’s children.

Hannah Schoff and the Draft

"In ringing tones of indignation, Mrs. Frederic [sic] Schoff...denounced the agitators who would legislate the rifle and the musket into the hands of the school children and left no doubt as to the scale into which she would throw her influence when the all-important subject of universal military training is brought up at the annual gathering of the [National Congress of Mothers] to be held in Washington this month."

Wayward Child Title Page

The Wayward Child title page

Juvenile court in St. Louis; A judge hearing a case about a "street boy" who was a "habitual truant." Hannah Schoff was part of a movement led by progressive women at the turn of the century to establish such courts in the nation's cities. 

The New Century Club, ca. 1894

The New Century Club

Annie McClain

Annie McClain, the troubled child on whose behalf Hannah Schoff interceded in criminal court and convinced the judge to treat Annie as a trouble child rather than a criminal adult. Schoff regarded this case as the starting point of her crusade for juvenile courts. 

Hannah Schoff Family

Hannah Kent Schoff (seated front), whom the Philadelphia Inquirer called the "'mother' of [the] nation's organized mothers," and her family.

The Black Delegates to the 1895 South Carolina State Constitutional Convention

The black delegates to the 1895 South Carolina State Constitutional Convention