Inside Iowa State
Dec. 6, 1996
Happy Birthday FCS!
by Michelle Johnson
It's a birthday party and you're invited. The College of Family and Consumer Sciences will celebrate its 125th birthday with cake and refreshments Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in the LeBaron Lounge.
Did you know . . .
- Mary B. Welch founded the "Ladies Course" at Iowa State in 1871. It was the nation's first home economics program at a land-grant university. Welch also published the first book in home economics at ISU and was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1992.
- With the birth of Veishea in 1922, came the baking of the now famous cherry pies. Students in the hotel, restaurant and institution management program prepare about 8,000 cherry pies each year for the Veishea celebration.
- In 1924, Anna Richardson, dean of the Division of Home Economics, established a nursery school through a five-year grant. The nursery school, now the Child Development Laboratory School, enrolls 92 children in its programs.
- The Tearoom opened in 1913 on the third floor of the original MacKay Hall. The current Tearoom opened in 1926 and now serves more than 5,800 meals every semester. It is a training facility for students in the college's hotel, restaurant and institution management program and for dietetics majors.
- The ISU Historic Textiles and Clothing Collection contains approximately 6,000 pieces, including a 1770s bonnet and dress owned by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt. The oldest piece in the collection is an Egyptian headdress dating back 2,000 years.
- FCS graduated its first male student in 1952 from the hotel, restaurant and institution management program. Currently, 17 percent of FCS students are male.
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