Archive for Friday, January 13, 2012

100 years ago: Home Economics classes to begin serving food at KU

January 13, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 13, 1912:

"Is there really anything in the Home Economics course or the higher domestic science courses being taught at the University of Kansas under the direction of Dr. Edna Day or is it simply mere froth that the girls take as a 'side issue,' a sort of 'trimming' to their college course? Beginning with Monday of next week, the Home Economics classes will serve meals at the University, by which they will prove just what they are being taught not only in the manner of preparing food but also how to serve it, and what is most important of all, how they can make a little go a long way, and how 'Home Economics' may be applied in real life, not merely studied in the class room and the laboratories. These meals that the girls will serve will not consist of fudge, stuffed dates or oranges and such fluffy stuff, but they will have for their menus the substantials of life that the daily toilers need, be their work mental or physical or a combination of both. The meals will be served at the noon hour thus filling a dual purpose, that of showing what the classes can do and that of feeding the professors at noon so that they do not have to go off Oread for the noon meal. Rather a luxury don't you think, when the mercury is way below zero and so proud of that fact that it intends on staying there?... The nicest part about these meals will be that they will be served for the small sum of 20 cents. Think of it! Getting a meal made from the best materials, plenty of it, and probably four kinds of foods for twenty cents!"


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 2 months ago

Dang, 100 years to late for "lunch"- again thanks, uh Sarah.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 2 months ago

A twenty-cent lunch would probably cost about $4.50 today.

/inflation calculator mode off

And you're welcome, Flint. :-)

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