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and arts, as a special preparation for home life, were introduced and made co-ordinate in importance with the work in agriculture, mechanic arts, commerce, general science, and engineering.
In spite of this long and sympathetic outlook upon the right kind of education for women, the people of Utah have been slow to move away from the old notions. In the Agricultural College and the other schools offering special work for women, the domestic science and arts work languished for many years. The people were not trained to a proper conception of its value. About the year 1900, those in charge of the State Farmers' Institutes, under the direction of the Agricultural College, decided to include lectures on domestic science and arts. In the beginning scarcely a handful of women attended the lectures. Then an awakening came, until the domestic science lectures and schools are now usually crowded to overflowing. Over twelve
thousand women gathered to take part in these discussions last year. This year two-thirds of this number passed through the special institute car carrying exhibits of woman's work, as it passed through the settlements of the State. Women are beginning to understand that house work has received the caress of science and has been made beautiful. It is no more simple drudgery, but a glorious conquest for the welfare of new generations; and in truth it contains no more drudgery than other professions. The pioneer women who have made this State are frequent visitors to these gatherings throughout the State, and while homework to them had been labor, most exacting and often bitter, they have rejoiced to see it exalted to a new and great dignity. No doubt they have often felt a touch of sorrow that this new light had not come to them in their youth, but they wept with joy, that their children and children's children should inherit the new light. Bless
ed be the eager minded, eager hop-
Of late, education for homemaking has risen to great dignity and importance in the State of Utah. At the Agricultural College where the State work in this subject is being done, there are now hundreds of girls as against a handful a few years ago, the last State Legislature, realizing the importance of the new movement, authorized the establishment of the most complete and best equipped college for the teaching of homemaking in the West. A building of five floors will be devoted entirely to this work. It will be equipped in a modern way for all branches of cooking, sewing, dressmaking, millinery, home sanitation, home art, home construction, nursing and all the other subjects that belong to a woman's course of education for homemaking. Lecture rooms, laboratories, rest rooms, etc., are being provided; also private baths and lockers; an automatic electric elevator, and other modern conveniences. It is a thing to be proud of, that Utah
these Western states is lead
who has studied and taught with marked success in some of the greatest universities of America. The faculty is so large that individual attention can be given each student. A rigid, but not frigid discipline will be insisted upon. The women who are trained in such a school must be more than intellect
ually prepared for life-morally they must also have the right outlook upon life. The highest possible ideals of right living will be held before the students continually. Members of the faculty themselves have been chosen very largely because of the admirable moral qualities they possess in addition to their mental training. The purpose of the school is to elevate the womanhood of the State.
Domestic science and arts is being introduced in the grade and high schools of the State; the State Normal School, connected with the University of Utah, is also giving elementary courses in the subjects suitable for the work given in the elementary schools. The teaching force in homemaking for the State must, however, for sometime to come, be drawn from the graduates of the Agricultural College who have been placed under the excellent college environment there existing for the special study of homemaking. Teachers of home econ
omics are called for far in advance of the present supply. More are demanded. Moreover, the kind of
The instructing force of the School of Domestic Science of the Agricultural College has also been enlarged for next year. At the opening of the school year on September 14th, when the woman's building will be ready for occupancy, nine members of the Faculty will be ready to devote their whole time to the special work in home economics. A director of the work has been employed, a lady of rare character and high training and ability,
work that such a course offers can be applied in positions connected with hospital service, restaurant and catering work, home decoration, professional dressmaking and millinery, and numerous other lines of endeavor suitable for women. Not only does a college course in home economics train for the duties resting upon the mistress of the home; it furnishes many opportunities for
the making of an independent livelihood. Domestic service, itself, despised as it is, if rendered under an intelligent mistress is more desirable and fitting for the unmarried. woman, however well she may be educated, than most of the unnatural pursuits by which she now frequently makes her living. The better trained women are for domestic service the better paid will they be and the more will they enjoy their work. A course of education in home economics properly given, whether at the Agricultural College or elsewhere, rests upon good and thorough courses in the sciences, arts, literature, and the other basic subjects of education. The beautiful things of life, pictures, music, and arts in general are not
excluded. The big feature of such an education is that the students are taught how the revelations of science and the great thoughts of the day may be applied to make the home a happier and healthier place.
It should be our anxious pleasure to give our girls a modern education which will direct them toward home life, while opening their minds to the wonderful revelations of present-day science, literature, music, and art, and which will at the same time make them able whenever necessary to earn their own honest livelihood in some branch of endeavor befitting woman in consideration of her physical constitution and the God given destiny that awaits her.
Conducted by Catherine Hurst.
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