Farmington State Normal School

Farmington State Normal School was founded in 1863 as the first public post-secondary school in Maine. Students enrolled in pursuit of teacher certification. By 1914, the school had achieved relative success, growing out of its maximum occupancy and requiring a new dormitory. Under the guidance of Principal W.G. Mallett and a strong staff, students graduated from the school with a teacher certification, but many other skills and proper habits. In addition to receiving an education, students were taught  but proper manners, hygiene, punctuality and good work ethic as well. In addition to receiving a solid education, students had the opportunity to socialize with others and become adults in the thriving agricultural center of Franklin County. Students enjoyed social gatherings as well as trips to the surrounding lakes and mountains.

This section describes the goals of Farmington State Normal School, and what each student could expect. The Staff is identified, as well as the curriculum and extracurricular activities. Additionally a section explores the response of the Normal School to the United States’ entry in World War I. The images below provide links to each page under this section, which can also be accessed by the tab at the top of the page.

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Gallery Citations
1. “F.S.N.S. Girls in Red Cross Uniform,” Circa 1917,  Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
2. “Patriotism Pageant,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
3. “Red Cross Uniforms,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
4. “Group Photo in School Dress,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
5. “F.S.N.S. Training Room,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
6. “Arbor Day Ceremony,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
7. “Purington Hall,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
8. “F.S.N.S. Banners,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
9. “Merrill Hall Classroom,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.

Link Photograph Citations
1. “F.S.N.S. Girls in Household Arts Uniform,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
2. “F.S.N.S. 1914 Staff Photograph,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington.
3. “Classroom in Merrill Hall,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington
4. F.S.N.S. Girls in Red Cross Parade,” Circa 1917, Laminated Photo Album Pages, Miscellaneous Photos Box, 7E, Mantor Library Archives, University of Maine at Farmington

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