There’s some new furniture in a student lounge and resource room in the Family and Consumer Sciences Building thanks to the sale of some vintage furniture.
The department earned nearly $2,300 last fall from the sale of several pieces of collectible Heywood-Wakefield furniture that were first used in the old Home Management House and then in Chandler Hall before being consigned to storage decades ago.
FCS Chair Duane Whitbeck said the furniture was used to teach home management lessons in the early years of the department’s history. In more recent times, however, home economics has evolved and expanded into family and consumer sciences. Today, students in FCS no longer focus on the “domestic arts,” like cooking, sewing and home management.
“The department hasn’t had a use for this furniture for some time,” Whitbeck said.