The Alba Bales House, originally known as the Practice House (1923-1936) and later as the Home Management House (1936-1954), was completed in 1923 with a budget of $8,000 for building and $4,000 for equipment (Sixteenth Biennial Report, October, 1922). The building of the house was in direct response to the Vocational Education Act of 1917, popularly referred to as the Smith-Hughes Act. Part of the Act stated that "teachers of home economics under the Smith Hughes Act must, be graduates of a four-year college course in home economics of standard grade and present satisfactory evidence of at least two years practical experience, including a considerable period of home management." To be able to provide the necessary experience, a facility dedicated specifically for demonstration work was needed.

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1260 University Drive North
Fargo, ND 58102


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