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The cooking class of the high school under the supervision of their teacher, Miss Baer of Northampton, who came up for the occasions, gave an appetizing spread to the teachers and boys of the upper classes in the village room Wednesday evening. The menu consisted of hot rolls, cheese souffle, potato and chicken salad, saltines, cheese balls, chocolate ice cream and lemon sherbet, cake, home made confections and coffee. A farce entitled Box and Cox was given by Miss Bangs, Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Hutchins, after which dancing followed.

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Although women were allowed nearly equal access to public education in Massachusetts as early as the 1830s, there remained a distinct difference in the skills taught well into the 20th century. Schools were expected to teach girls the things they would need as wives and mothers, rather than as equal working members of society. The central point for this education were classes that became collectively known as "home economics." Here, the cooking class - composed entirely of young women - cooked a meal for "teachers and boys of the upper classes." The first group was privileged by its status, but the second primarily by their sex. On the other hand, the group was entertained by a "farce" put on by their teachers.


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"Deerfield Academy Cooking Class Entertains"

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   May 25, 1907
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   2.25"
height   2.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L02.045

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