Archive for March, 2010

New Photos Uncovered By High School Student

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

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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.

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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

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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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