Jewish Women on the Map - Frances Horwich Historical Marker
Frances Rappaport Horwich, born on July 16, 1908 in Ottawa, Ohio, was tapped by NBC to create the first educational television program geared for preschool children called "Ding Dong School." Horwich — whom viewers knew as "Miss Frances" — addressed her young audience directly, asking questions, telling stories, and leading them in simple games and activities. As many as three to four million fans tuned in to live broadcasts of Ding Dong School each weekday morning for an hour. From 1955–1956 Horwich also served as supervisor of children’s television programming for NBC.
Frances Rapport Horwich in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia and This Week in History
Frances Rapport Horwich in the Historical Marker Database
Photo by Andy Armstrong.