Marion Ricker, Farmington State Normal School, ca. 1917Item 65850 info
Mantor Library at UMF
The Household Arts courses first appeared at Farmington State Normal School in fall 1911 and the classes were part of the normal school curriculum.
However, increased demand in public schools for teachers trained exclusively in the domestic arts led to F.S.N.S establishing a program specifically for training such teachers.
Marion C. Ricker was hired as the first director of the Household Arts Department at F.S.N.S. She was also State Director of Home Economics at the time and often traveled statewide to advocate for home economics courses in the public school.
Her dual position meant she was well aware of the skills necessary for normal students to meet growing interest in Home Ec in the public schools.