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Frances Hoover

Executive Director at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

Frances Hoover is the Executive Director of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a 122-year-old institution dedicated to promoting and providing opportunities for play in Philadelphia.
The historic significance of Smith’s physical play space is enhanced by its rich archives that include daily journals, annual reports, photographs, oral histories and other information from 1899 to the present.

Frances brings insights from these important documents and over 15 years experience with play-based education.


Pioneering Play: The Story and Impact of One of America's First Playgrounds

Monday, June 20
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM