Celebrate FCS Day

November 19th, 2014

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This website has many ideas for celebrating FCS Day and also Dining In activities.

Family and Consumer Sciences Day Honors Ellen

November 19th, 2014


As many people know, December 3 is Ellen’s Birthday.  She was born in 1842, the only child of Fanny and Peter Swallow.  In her honor, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences ( originally American Home Economics Association, which Ellen founded in 1909) is honoring Ellen by declaring December 3 FCS Day.  This year, the focus is on fighting obesity by “Dining In”


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New video clip about Ellen Richards

March 6th, 2014

Browsing around through the Internet, I found a short clip from MIT about Ellen:

New Exposure for Life and Legacy Video about Ellen Swallow Richards

February 5th, 2014

Several years ago at AAFCS Annual Meeting one of our speakers mentioned that the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences was going to develop a Master Family & Consumer Sciences Volunteer Program, which includes a 13 lesson series for training volunteers as well as a website. The Life and Legacy video of Ellen Swallow Richards was offered as a means to teach volunteers some of the history of our profession. Today, this website is live, and with this link you can visit the site as well as view the Ellen video. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the video.


We sincerely thank Beverly Samuel, CFCS, National Program Leader, Housing and Community Living, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences for her efforts to make this a reality. The more people who read about our history, the more support we will have for the value of our profession.

Ellen would have loved this article

June 22nd, 2012

In a recent MSN Money piece epidemiologists proposed that being poor was part of the problem causing obesity.  The end of the article was priceless as Dr. Adam Drewnowski,  Director for the Center for Obesity Research at the University of Washington in Seattle, said  “Bring home economics classes back to schools. It would do more for obesity prevention than any other thing.” 

We need to get this man on our side!  He gets it.  Here is a link to the article.


Celebrating Women’s History Month

December 20th, 2011

Women’s History month isn’t until March 2012, but Ellen and AAFCS are ahead of the game.  We are advertising our Life and Legacy DVD in their Women’s History 2012 Gazette.  This will take the story of the founding of Home Economics over 100 years ago and its founder Ellen Swallow Richards to an entirely new audience.  We know others need to know our story.  Don’t forget that March is an excellent time to feature the history as well as feature all the things that Ellen is credited with to make the lives of  families and individuals better.  image

Holiday Gift from Jamaica Plain

December 20th, 2011

My friend, Gretchen Grozier,  from the Jamaica Plain Historical Society has sent me the most fabulous MIT fleece jacket.- to keep me connected as part of the Boston-.MIT family.  Ellen would have thought it a most practical gift and so do I.  Usually our North Carolina mountain weather is such that this jacket would cover me every single day.  However, here it is the 19th of December and our temperatures are at 60 degrees.  Who would have guessed it.  Two years ago at this time, we had 10 inches of snow and were housebound for days. Thanks, Gretchen.  As always, I have a wonderful time in Jamaica Plain and this time celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the JP Library was indeed a great experience.

Joyce and MIT shirt                                            


Easier to read Logo

December 12th, 2011

Ellen Richards t-shirt

Possible Branding of ESR materials

December 12th, 2011

As a serendipitous thing, this afternoon, I went online to search for a web site that promised free business cards.  Now, I am no newbie in this as I realize there isn’t any such thing as FREE.  However, the cards are really quite nice and with the exception that they charge to ship, they do not cost.  The neat thing about the web site, though, is they take the information you give them for the business card and use it to customize other articles that they encourage you to purchase—as in T-shirts, ball caps, etc.  They have an entire business package there right before your eyes, all with your branded theme which you chose to make your business cards.  If I had found this when we were first marketing the Ellen DVDs, it would have been a great thing.  Hence, I am not marketing them much anymore so  don’t really need slick materials.


New page added: Guest Author

December 8th, 2011

Recently, I have been working with a graduate student from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Ranae Aspen,  on one of her assignments relating to the environmental work of Ellen.  At the left, you can see where I have posted her final paper on Ellen as an Environmentalist.  She also has a Powerpoint that I am still trying to post.  Watch for this soon. 


 Also watch for another Powerpoint that was developed by Gayla Randel from Kansas relating FCS to the STEM movement.  She has created a great historical powerpoint that relates to the current science, technology, engineering and math initiative in our public schools.




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