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Photo 5: Domestic Science Class, Rupert High School, ca. 1914.

[Photo 5: Domestic Science Class, Rupert High School, ca. 1914. Bureau of Reclamation Photo.] with link to larger version of photo.
(Bureau of Reclamation)

This photo shows 16 high school girls and their teacher in what would later be called a "home economics" class.

Questions for Photo 5

1) What evidence of electricity can you find in this classroom? Where do they get their light? Compare what you see with the description in Reading 3 of electrical conveniences and appliances at the school.

2) Look around your classroom and compare electrical use in the photo to use in today's classrooms. What is the same, and what is different?

3) Most of the homes on the Minidoka Project did not have electric stoves in 1914. Why do you think the school taught girls how to use electric stoves if most did not have them at home?

4) In the first half of the 20th century, high school girls took "domestic science" or "home economics" classes like the one shown here. Boys took classes called "manual training" or "shop," where they learned how to work with metal and wood. What does the difference in how boys and girls were trained tell us about what the school expected for them in the future?

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