Home Ec students with Cottage baby, Farmington State Normal School, ca. 1939Item 69633 info
Mantor Library at UMF
At the start of the practice baby program at F.S.N.S., the baby was cared for by two senior students who lived in the Cottage and four others who were housed in the dormitory but spent their days in the Cottage.
By 1930, the Cottage was used exclusively as a "practice house" with the students sharing the four bedrooms and all of the students doing their Cottage rotation were able to live in.
The small group of students in residence each semester was meant to approximate the experience of the home life of a family of six people.
Some babies remained in the Cottage for most of the academic year; others had shorter stays. Turnover meant there were sometimes two babies in the Cottage during the course of the school year.