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Cottage Babies

Cottage baby Brent with students, Farmington State Teachers College, 1959

Cottage baby Brent with students, Farmington State Teachers College, 1959

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Mantor Library at UMF

The Cottage baby practice continued for many years at F.S.N.S., with successions of students caring for babies as an integral part of their Home Economics education.

By the late 1950s, the tradition of a baby in permanent residence at the Cottage was waning. An infant living in the Cottage was slowly replaced by the use of a "day baby."

The infant of a college employee or from a local family would be delivered to the Cottage in the morning, cared for throughout the school day by students, then collected by the parent and taken home for the night.

The last baby in the "Cottage baby" program at University of Maine at Farmington was in 1971.


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