Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-327
Location: LH-327

(Description ID: 595449)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Sandusky County Home Economists in Homemaking


Agency History
Scope and Content

The records of the Sandusky County Home Economists were donated to the Hayes Presidential Center in 2004 by the organization.

Agency History
The Sandusky County Home Economists in Homemaking was organized in January 1956 with 25 charter members. The organization, open to those holding at least a bachelor’s degree in home economics or a related field, provides opportunities for professional growth. In the organization’s early years, the members met monthly for programs pertinent to the field of home economics. The group also provided services and information to others in the community. During the mid-to late-1950s, the organization held an annual Career Day for junior and senior high school students and their mothers to showcase careers open to home economists. In the late 1980s, the Sandusky County Home Economists joined with the Fremont News-Messenger and the Sandusky County Extension to sponsor a holiday cooking contest.

Through the years the Sandusky County Home Economists participated in area county fairs by presenting displays and judging entries in the home economics skills area. The organization has also contributed to the Ohio Home Economics Scholarship Fund and has donated books to Birchard Public Library and to area schools’ Home Economics departments.

Scope and Content
The records contain the minutes of meetings from February 1956 to May 1977. Also included are treasurer’s records from 1956 to 1963. The bulk of the material is scrapbooks and Career Day materials. The three scrapbooks, covering the years 1956 to 1959, 1971 to 1989, and 1990 to 2003, are filled with items that chronicle the organization’s beginnings and activities. Included are the organization’s constitution and by-laws, newspaper clippings, programs, copies of the Ohio Home Economics Association newsletter, and some photographs.

Career Day materials include color slides, invitations, programs, etc., that the organization created. The bulk of the Career Day material is a collection of pamphlets and brochures from colleges and businesses designed to provide information about careers in home economics and related fields. Career Day materials also include small dolls with clothing and accessories appropriate for women working in the home economics fields.

Ac. 5619
1/3 linear feet

Box 1

Scrapbooks, 1956-1969; 1971-1989; 1990 - 2003

Box 2

Meeting minutes, February 1956 - May 1970
Treasurer’s Record, 1956 - 1963
Career Day Scrapbook, 1956 - 1958
Ektachrome color transparencies , July 1956 - October 1956 and November 1956 - January 1957

1. Career Day 1956; 1957
2. Career Day, 1959
3. Planning Career Day
4. Education and Career Opportunities in Home Economics pamphlets, 1952 - 1961

Box 3

Dolls; 6 - 8 inches, dressed in appropriate career apparel; accessories