Students with "Cottage Baby," Farmington, ca. 1950


Farmington State Normal School home economics students enhanced their studies with practical child care, taking care of a baby who lived in a house on campus.

Students became attached to the baby under their care during their 10-week stay in the cottage. The students shared responsibility for running the cottage household, including budgeting for and preparing meals, planning and hosting luncheons, teas, and dinners for special guests, and caring for the baby.

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.

Here they are relaxing in the living room near the Christmas tree.

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