For the Love of FACS

Where Did the Time Go?

It hardly seems possible that it’s been nearly an entire year since I last posted to this blog!  It turns out that time really does fly when you’re researching and writing a new FACS classroom resource!  Particularly when that project is based on incorporating engineering into the FACS curriculum!  As a FACS teacher, I really never expected to include engineering in my classroom instruction.  However, with the current emphasis on the STEAM initiative, it seemed like a FACS instructional need that just had to be addressed.

So I set about educating myself on the subject of engineering and its relationship to FACS.  Color me astonished when I discovered that FACS and Engineering are a perfect pairing!

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The end result of this epiphany and many months of work was the creation of FACS: Full STEAM Ahead, Engineering A Design For The Future, a series of 20 lessons applying STEAM concepts based on 21st century FACS careers.  It includes tons of support materials so that you don’t have do your own research.  (You’re welcome!) Check it out on our website at

FACS: Full STEAM Ahead has become more than the title of our latest resource, it’s become our theme for 2018!  We plan to update two of our most popular existing resources incorporating STEAM concepts and the FACS Engineering Design Process that we’ve developed.  Cooking Up A Cool Career and Cooking Up Success will be the first Fresh FACS resources to receive the STEAM treatment, but they won’t be the last!

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We will also be publishing our first-ever magazine/catalog in 2018!  This exciting and useful publication will include activities and information that you can use in your FACS classroom and best of all it will be FREE!  Follow Fresh FACS on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for information on how to receive your FREE copy or go to our website and add your name to our mailing list today.  We anticipate that the magazine/catalog will be ready to mail in late February or early March.

2018 is going to be an exciting year for Fresh FACS!  We hope you’ll join us on this STEAM-powered adventure!

Wishing all our FACS friends the very best in this New Year!


FACS Careers, FACS Engineering, For the Love of FACS, Historical FACS, Home economics, National Women's History Month

Architectural Visionary

Hearst Castle has attracted thousands of visitors since opening to the public in 1958.  Although most have probably heard of William Randolph Hearst and his publishing empire, famously fictionalized in Orson Welles’s film Citizen Kane, the architect who designed his Central Coast mansion remains largely anonymous.

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan, California’s first licensed female architect, was the design and engineering genius behind Hearst Castle as well as many other famous buildings.  Over the course of her 47-year career, Morgan designed more than 700 buildings in California alone.  Morgan, broke up the boys club of California architects and earned her status as an architectural visionary.  She didn’t just remodel kitchens or build women’s clubs, but she also built radio towers, zoos, hotels, hospitals and hundreds of private residences.

After graduating with a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1894, Morgan continued her education at the world’s most prestigious architectural school, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  Upon her return from Europe in 1902, Morgan began her architectural career in the San Francisco area working for the designer John Galen Howard on buildings for her alma mater.

Morgan opened her own office in San Francisco in 1904.  Her earliest commissions included a bell tower at Mills College in Oakland that withstood the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, landing her the commission to rebuild the severely damaged Fairmont Hotel.

Julia was given the commission to create William Randolph Hearst’s home at San Simeon, California in 1919.  It is actually a complex of domestic buildings, each eclectic in style.  The commission was a difficult one as Hearst constantly changed his mind about details related to the design, yet Morgan’s patience and resolve carried her through the project.

Julia Morgan paved the way for women in the field of architecture.  Her career is a tribute to her education, talent and distinctive personal style.

For the Love of FACS

Science in the Kitchen

Celebrating National Cereal Day!

Marjorie Child Husted

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Marjorie “Betty Crocker” Child Husted was an American home economist and businesswoman under whose supervision the image of Betty Crocker became a General Mills icon for the perfect cook and homemaker.

Husted attended public schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1913.  She remained at the university to take a degree in education the next year.  After a period as secretary of the Infant Welfare Society of Minneapolis, she joined the Red Cross during World War I.  After the war she was associated with the Women’s Cooperative Alliance until 1923, when she secured the post of supervisor of promotional advertising and merchandising for the Creamette Company of Minneapolis.  A year later she moved to the Washburn Company, a flour milling and sales firm, as field representative in home economics.

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In 1926 Husted organized a home service department for Washburn-Crosby whose staff answered letters from consumers on various topics in homemaking under the standardized signature Betty Crocker, a name first employed in that manner in 1921.  Washburn-Crosby was one of several firms that merged in 1928 to create General Mills and to the new consolidated company it contributed both the Gold Medal flour label and its home service department with Betty Crocker.  The department was renamed the Betty Crocker Homemaking Service in 1929 with Husted as director.  Under her guidance Betty Crocker became the personification of the company, an epitome of the competent, friendly American homemaker.  A portrait by a leading commercial artist, Neysa McMein, helped fix the image of Betty Crocker, whose likeness and signature appeared on a growing number of consumer items and became well known to the public.  Husted was also the voice of Betty Crocker on radio interview shows.

In 1946 Husted became a consultant to the officers and executives of General Mills, and in 1948 she was made consultant in advertising, public relations, and home service.  She also served in 1948 as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on food conservation.  In April 1950 she left General Mills to form her own consulting firm, Marjorie Child Husted and Associates.

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