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Ellen would have loved this

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I found this on our lane today. Initially, I thought it was a wildflower called a Turk’s Cap. However, when I went to the internet to verify this, it appeared that it may be a Carolina Lily. They are from the same family although the Turk’s Cap has flowers that are 5-6 ” across and these were only about 2 1/2 ” across. They look much larger as I took them up close with my camera. These were designated the North Carolina State Wildflower in 2003.I found this on our lane today. Initially, I thought it was a wildflower called a Turk’s Cap. However, when I went to the internet to verify this, it appeared that it may be a Carolina Lily. They are from the same family although the Turk’s Cap has flowers that are 5-6 ” across and these were only about 2 1/2 ” across. They look much larger as I took them up close with my camera. These were designated the North Carolina State Wildflower in 2003.

New Jersey Teacher Features Ellen

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher in Southern New Jersey. As part of my Masters Program in Instructional Technology, I am going to attempt a simulated interview with “Ellen”. I would like to include the blog as one of my research pieces with your permission, as well as link to the blog.
I think the “interview” will help to solidify the belief that I have that Ellen was one of the first innovators in Instructional Technology with her philosophy of education. Still fighting the notion that what we teach is just fluff.
This was the first time I attempted to research Ellen and I was blown away by her. What a woman, or even a man! My project was to create a simulated interview with an educator who had an effect on education through technology. I chose to do the interview through the site - Through animation of cute characters I hope I was able to create a snapshot of some of the highlights of her life. My target audience is for an introductory Family and Consumer Science class in middle school. An Interview with Ellen Swallows Richards is my video. It runs about 10 minutes. I do hope you find it a positive spin on an incredible woman - I believe that I will have to do more searching into her and the other women who started Home Economics.
As to why this project: It was suggested that we “interview” a person who had some influence in “instructional technology” - the integration of instructional theory into education. Since I had never really studied Ellen Richards, I thought she had a direct influence on the instruction that I had received throughout my career, so she would be a perfect candidate to study. I also feel that since Home Economics and Family &Consumer Science are always being on the chopping block, that it would be a good way for people to see that we don’t just teach “crafts”.
The research that I found truly amazed me, as well as the students in my class. I see this project as a jumping off point for some more research, as I am just beginning my journey into this Masters Degree. I think that the sort of video captures some of the highlights that so influenced Ellen and the development of the integration of Science into practical life skills. I hope that people will be intrigued, and continue to research her contributions to society and the discipline of Family & Consumer Science.
Susan Stinson
Southern Regional Middle School: FCS teacher
75 Cedar Bridge Rd
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Watch for this hoax

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

The article below is copied from Wikipedia site. I had found this book on Amazon as they suggest in the Wiki article and wondered who in the world was writing this book about Ellen. I think this is the answer. Do not be fooled into paying for something that is FREE! What in the world would Ellen think?

Alphascript Publishing sells free articles as expensive books

An book search on 9 June 2009 gives 1009 (6 August, gives 1,859) “books” from Alphascript Publishing.[nan 1] 1003 of the books are described as “by John McBrewster, Frederic P. Miller, and Agnes F. Vandome”. They are called editors in the book listings. It seems the only content of the many books is free Wikipedia articles with no sign that these three people have contributed to them.

The articles are often poorly printed with features such as missing characters from foreign languages, and numerous images of arrows where Wikipedia had links. It appears much better to read the original articles for free at the Wikipedia website than paying a lot of money for what has been described as a scam or hoax. Advertising for the books at Amazon and elsewhere does not reveal the free source of all the content. It is only revealed inside the books which may satisfy the license requirements for republishing of Wikipedia articles.

As an example of the “care” given to the books, the book “History of Georgia (country)” is about the European country Georgia but has a cover image of Atlanta in the American state Georgia.[nan 2] The Wikipedia article History of Georgia (country) does not make such a comical blunder.

PrimeHunter has compiled a list of the 1009 titles identified in June 2009.

Joyce and Ellen at Purdue University

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

On March 10, 2011, Joyce and Ellen appeared at Purdue University as guests of the Purdue Women’s Club.  The stage was set quite splendidly as were the HD screen and the sound system.  It was great to be back in the mode of celebrating women in history, especially with Ellen.  We saw old friends and met new people whom we hope will become fans of our dear Ellen.






















My Health and Human Sciences friends, Debra Booth, Wendi Ailor, Christina Wright and Wanda Fox (below)

Technology Today

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Awesome Technology  (double click to open)


Those of us who have followed the evolution of science since Ellen Richards entered MIT in the late 1800s are in awe of what is shown to us today.  This link takes you to a YouTube Corning Glass piece that shows an incredible amount of technology for families in their homes.  Makes you wonder how much of it is actually out there right now.  

Happy New Year 2011

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

 We have been posting for three entire years.  Most of my journeys with Ellen will soon come to an end.  Watch for more information on my future visit to Purdue University in March 2011.


Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

IMG_5867 This week Ellen returns to Texas where she began her 50,000 mile journey over three years ago.  In March of 2007, Ellen, IN HER OWN WORDS premiered at Clear Lake outside of Houston for the TAFCS meeting. This week the TEAFCS meeting hosts Ellen one more time as they meet to REFLECT, RELAX and RENEW.


They had prepared a great stage setting for us to perform and we were welcomed in true Texas fashion.  Many of the state AgriLIFE Extension staff  were there, so we were to pleased to share the history of home economics and Ellen Richards with them.IMG_5871



We spent the evening in a lovely setting, the Chandor Gardens.  These were designed in the 1930’s by an Englishman, Douglas Chandor. He had established himself as one of the great artists of the 20th Century.IMG_5878                              IMG_5887









IMG_5889 The gardens were truly lovely and so serene.  The many water features, including an extensive koi pond, would draw one into the quiet retreats.  The weather even cooled slightly and was actually comfortable to stroll throughout the gardens.  Light refreshments were served in the Chandor home.  Built in 1939, this palladian style home was designed primarily as his studio.

AAFCS Centennial Campaign Update

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010


For over three years, Ellen and Joyce have been traveling the world telling the story of the founding of Home Economics over 100 years ago.  They have traveled nearly twice around the world with 50,000 miles, presented the DVD, along with a reenactment to over 5,000 people, and spoken in over 40 locations.  The DVD Sales, along with honoraria for the performances, have netted the Centennial Campaign nearly $40,000.  Ellen would have been proud that her story reached so many people, and that funds in her honor will help celebrate the centennial.


New Photos Uncovered By High School Student

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010


Just received an interesting query from a student in Washington State who is competing in a Women’s History Month project and Ellen Richards is her topic.  She has created an excellent review of Ellen’s accomplishments as well as found an extensive bibliography to accompany her project.  One of the sources she used was a March 1903 Edition of GoodHousekeeping Magazine with a great article about the scientific house that Mrs. Richards kept.  This is just one photo used in her paper.  The magazine is available online through the HEARTH collection at Cornell. As soon as the competition is over, I hope this student will allow me to post a link to her paper.

Coast to Coast, Ellen Continues her Journey

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

This weekend is the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences meeting in Wrightsville Beach. ( NCAFCS) The beach is quite a change from our mountains and all the snow we left behind in Maggie Valley.












This meeting is well attended and the sessions are exhilarating. We have many first-timers and they, too, are excited. AAFCS President, Marilyn Swierk is here, along with Carolyn Jackson, AAFCS Executive Director.  We hear exciting news from our headquarters.  Stay tuned for an enormous announcement in coming months.

Joyce ( and Ellen) meet up with Lake Junaluska AAFCS 50 Year member, Betty Swarthout.IMG_3963


Joyce and Bob took a quick break during the afternoon to run over to Wilmington to see the Verandas Bed & Breakfast.  This house was built in 1853 by Benjamin W. Beery. The house was featured in Our State Magazine and since Joyce’s maiden name was Beery, we knew this had to be a relative.  We confirmed this and were given a first class tour by Dennis, one of the owners.  Joyce will enjoy spending time in her Beery History Book validating this relationship with this southern Beery who built one of the first houses in Wilmington.

Our evening event was a luau complete with leis, flower corsages and of course, the hula.  A highlight of the evening was the announcement of Paula Heidrick as the North Carolina Teacher of the Year.  Paula teaches as Holly Springs High School.  Her Apparel students have made garments for children in Haiti as well as for an orphanage in South Africa.  She participates in many community activities as well as sponsoring an FCCLA Chapter.IMG_3997

Paula was accompanied by her husband, Greg and her daughter, Sarah Cole, who is also a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.




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