Motto book page, Farmington State Normal School, 1886
Contributed by Mantor Library at UMF
Memorizing mottoes was a long-standing tradition in early American education and was practiced at F.S.N.S. from the 1880s to the 1940s. Each school day opened with Morning Chapel exercises that included a short religious program, school announcements, and the quotation to be memorized by the students.
The students recorded all their daily mottoes in a notebook, known as their "motto book." These quotes or parts of poems were intended to inspire students to work hard, develop a good moral character, be successful students, and be good citizens. This is a page from the 1886-87 motto book of F.S.N.S. student Dora Bither.
- Title: Motto book page, Farmington State Normal School, 1886
- Creator: Bither, Dora
- Creation Date: 1887-12-19
- Subject Date: 1887-12-19
- Town: Farmington
- County: Franklin
- State: ME
- Media: ink on paper
- Dimensions: 19.5 cm x 13 cm
- Collection: Motto Books
- Object Type: Text
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Mantor Library at UMF
University of Maine at Farmington, 116 South Street, Farmington, ME 04938
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