1. University of Georgia established

  2. First petition for women's admission to UGA

    First petition for women to be admitted to the University by the Daughters of the American Revolution

  3. Extension division of the College of Agriculture formed

  4. Smith-Lever Act

    Smith-Lever Act established cooperative extension to extend knowledge from land-grant universities to the public

  5. Food shortages in WWI

    Home demonstrations began. Thousands of women taught food preparation and conservation, studied local problems.

  6. Degree program for women

    The University of Georgia College of Agriculture, with the strong support of college President Andrew Soule, approves a bachelor's degree for women in the newly-created Division of Home Economics.

  7. Mary Creswell named director

    Mary Creswell named director of the new division and assistant director of women's work in Cooperative Extension. In addition to being the first woman to receive an undergraduate degree from UGA, Creswell would go on to serve as dean of what was then known as the school of home economics from 1933-45. Her salary is $2,500

  8. First Students

    Twelve female students enroll in classes in the division of home economics in September. Courses offered in the 1918-19 school year are foods and cookery; textiles and clothing; home administration; education; and winter short courses.

  9. Soule Hall

    Construction begins on a "women's building" in 1918 that later was named Soule Hall in honor of the College of Agriculture president. The original Soule Hall had a swimming pool on the ground floor and foods and nutrition teaching and research labs.

  10. Early growth

    By the division's third year, 61 students had enrolled in the winter courses and summer school. A master of science in home economics was launched in 1923. By 1928, 143 students were enrolled.

  11. Nutrition research started

    Nutrition Research projects included:

    • Vitamins A and B recommendations
    • Dietary Habits of Georgians
    • Vitamin and mineral content of Georgia foods
  12. Master's program

    Graduate courses in the master's of sciences Home Economics for the "MSHE," were established with a major in Foods and Nutrition. The cost of college in 1924 was $373 which included tuition ($83), and room, board, books, lab fee and personal laundry.

  13. First nursery school

    The first nursery school for children, ages 2-5, is established with funds from the Rockefeller Foundation, providing students the opportunity to observe and study pre-school children.

  14. Ground-breaking electrical home research

    The Georgia Power Company provided funds for a laboratory to study electrical home equipment. By 1929 the Home equipment laboratory had moved to large rooms on second floor of Barrow Hall. Visitors from 24 states came to observe the modern equipment donated by manufacturers and utility companies.

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