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Manual Arts Classes in Eames Mill, 1920-21

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bullet In the early days of the Western State Normal School the curricula for what is today referred to as 'technology education' was called Manual Training and Domestic Science. The names would change frequently over the years, to Industrial Arts, Manual Arts, Industrial Technology, Vocational Education, and Vocational Arts, and to Domestic Economics, Domestic Arts, Household Arts, and Home Economics.  Manual Arts were also taught in the "Barracks" Building.

Auto Shop, 1920
Automobile shop;1920
Drafting class, 1921
Drafting (Mechanical Drawing); 1921
Industrial Arts class, 1920
Woodworking Shop; 1920

bullet Below is a facsimile of a notation made on the back of the archival photograph shown to the left. It reveals a fascinating detail about the condition of the floors.

Image of notes on back of photo
"Ind Arts in old Ames Mill (Birthplace of Air Brakes for railroads). Sheet metal nailed over worn floors to keep students from dropping into basement. Fred Huff, instructor, 1920."