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100 years ago: Teachers request better art for schools

September 23, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 23, 1911:

  • "Topeka -- A demand for a general improvement in the specimens of art shown in the Kansas schools is being made by Kansas school teachers. It is possible that an art commission will be asked for at the next Legislature, with powers similar to those of the textbook commission. This commission would select copies of real art works, suitable for hanging in the country schoolhouses of the state.... Kansas people are beginning to believe that it is just as well to have their children taught some rudiments of the fine arts as well as how to add and subtract, how to doctor pigs for the cholera and chickens for the pip. They want real works of art on the walls of the country schoolhouse in place of the chromos that have defaced the walls for many years. They want copies of the best art to take the place of the pictures that come as premiums in a baking powder sale."
  • "Ottawa, Kansas, has the honor of having one of the youngest rural mail carriers int he service. This carrier is a girl, too. She is Miss Eva Nutt, the 18-year-old daughter of R. L. Nutt. Mr. Nutt is the carrier of route No. 8 and his daughter is his substitute. The route which she carries runs northeast of Ottawa and is one of the largest on the system."

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