Ideal Housewives: Home Economics at the University of Houston

By Aimee L’Heureux

“Home ec girls make clothes and model them. They learn how to prepare a first-rank meal economically and cut failures to a minimum.” Concurrent with the growth of the University at that time, the Home Economics Department grew, and in 1954 the Home Ec House was built to accommodate the expanding program. A waiting list to take a special home economics course resulted from the desire to live in the new Home Ec House, a luxury for the girls enrolled in the class. But as the times changed, so did the campus, and in 1977 the program ended. The following photo essay tells a history of Home Ec at the University of Houston.

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