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The Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, has several special sets of colored lantern slides for educational use, each set accompanied by a syllabus for a lecture. The subjects thus covered are: General forestry, conservation of the forests, the work of the Forest Service, the care and protection of shade trees, nature study and forestry, botany and forestry, manual training and forestry, geography and forestry, agriculture and forestry. The first four lectures are of general interest; the last five are designed for special use in schools.
The Forest Service also has a special collection of 44 large mounted photographs on “The Forests of the United States, Their Use and Preservation, prepared as a traveling exhibit to be lent to schools, libraries, and other educational institutions. These photographs are arranged in 11 series, of 4 pictures each. These series, with descriptions, form illustrated stories” on special features of forest work and forest conditions. Each series is mounted on a strip of green denim cloth, with eyelets in the upper corners, for hanging. The whole exhibit covers a wall space 41 feet high and about 14 feet long.
This exhibit, like the lecture syllabuses and slides already noted, is loaned for short periods on condition that the borrower agree to pay express charges and to forward the pictures promptly at the direction of the Forest Service.
Mounted or unmounted prints may also be purchased from the Forest Service for educational use at prices according to the sizes. An outline of subjects illustrated and a price list will be furnished on request.
The Office of Experiment Stations, Department of Agriculture, has prepared a series of 14 lecture syllabuses, each lecture being illustrated with from 45 to 50 lantern slides, on the following subjects: The care of milk; potato diseases and their treatment; acid soils; profitable cattle feeding; silage and silo construction for the South; essentials for successful field experimentation; roads and road building; farm architecture; tobacco growing; production and marketing of eggs and fowls; wheat culture; farm homes; peanuts, their cultivation and uses; and farm home grounds. These lectures are all practical in treatment, being especially designed for farmers' institute uses. They are sent to teachers, accompanied with the lantern slides, on payment of transportation charges.
The Office of Experiment Stations is also preparing a series of lectures dealing especially with pedagogic aspects of instruction in agriculture. The school garden and home improvement are two collateral subjects to be taken up in this series. Each lecture syllabus
will be illustrated with about 60 lantern slides. This series will be lent on the same terms as the other.
The Isthmian Canal Commission, War Department, has several hundred slides showing the progress of construction on the Panama Canal, selections from which will be lent on payment of transportation.
List of abbreviations used in this bulletin.
List name of Government branch.
Official name of Government
Executive department control
Agriculture Department.......... American Ethnology Bureau...... Animal Industry Bureau........ Biological Survey Bureau, ...... Census Bureau.............. Chemistry Bureau.............. Coast and Geodetic Survey..... Commerce Department.......... Corporations Bureau............ Entomology Bureau............. Experiment Stations Office....... Fisheries Bureau................ Foreign and Domestic Commerce
Bureau. Forest Service.... General Land Office............ Geological Survey.............. Government Printing Office...... Immigration Bureau........... Indian Affairs Office........... Insular Affairs Bureau......... Interior Department........... Isthmian Canal Commission..... Justice Department............ Labor Statistics Bureau, ........ Library of Congress..... Mines Bureau.................. Navy Department............. Pan-American Union..... Plant Industry Bureau........ Post Office Department........ Public Health Bureau...... Public Roads Office....... Reclamation Service..... Smithsonian Institution. Soils Bureau.......... State Department....... Statistics Bureau................ Superintendent of Documents... Treasury Department............ War Department........... Weather Bureau...
Department of Agriculture....
Department of Commerce.
........ Department of Agriculture. Same....
Department of the Interior. Same.......................
Department of the Interior. Same......
Department of War.
Independent. Bureau of Plant Industry........ Department of Agriculture. Post Office Department...... Bureau of the Public Health.... Department of the Treasury. Office of the Public Roads... Department of Agriculture. Same.........
Department of the Interior. Same...
Independent. Bureau of Soils.......... Department of Agriculture. Department of State........ Bureau of Statistics............. Department of Agriculture. Same.................
Government Printing Office. Department of the Treasury.... Department of War.... Same .......................... Department of Agriculture.
EDUCATION. Abbey, M. J. Normal school instruction in agriculture. 1909. 31 p. (Agriculture
dept. Experiment stations office. Circular 90) 5 cts.
Methods followed in one state normal school to prepare rural school teachers in elementary agri
culture. Valuable for teachers rather than students. Benson, O. H. Special contests for corn club work. 1912. 15 p. illus. (Agri
culture dept. Plant industry bureau. Circular 104)
How to organize them; when, where, prizes to give, etc. Christie, George I. Educational contests in agriculture and home economics.
For use in farmers' institute and agricultural extension work. 1913. 47 p. (Agriculture dept. Experiment stations office. Bulletin 255) 5 cts.
Outlines 28 different contests and demonstrations, adapted to both sexes and all ages. Gives
full sets of forms, rules, awards, etc. Corbett, L. C. The school garden. 1909.41 p. illus. (Agriculture dept.
Farmers' bulletin 218)
How to establish it; laboratory exercises; window boxes for school-rooms; specimen plants for schoolrooms; decoration of school grounds; soil treatment.
Especially useful to teachers in elementary city schools. Country life commission. Special message from President [Roosevelt] trans
mitting report of commission. 1909. 65 p. (60th Cong., 2d sess. Senate doc. 705) 10 cts.
CONTENTS.—1. General statement; 2. Main special deficiencies in country life; 3. General corrective forces that should be set in motion.
The object of the report is to point out how country life can be made more wholesome, attractive,
complete and prosperous. Crosby, Dick J. School exercises in plant production. 1910. 48 p. illus. (Agri
culture dept. Farmers' bulletin 408)
Contains "exercises illustrating some of the more important principles of plant production";
Several hundred entries, classified with reference to subjects commonly taught in the schools.
Syllabus of class studies; exercises in selection, judging, testing, cultivation, breeding, etc.; bibliography.
Useful to teacher in rural common school. Green, Samuel B. Course in fruit growing for movable schools of agriculture. 1907.
100 p. (Agriculture dept. Experiment stations office. Bulletin 178) 15 cts.
A syllabus of 15 lectures, with an equal number of practise exercises; outline of a reading
course, and list of apparatus and material, with cost itemized. Hatch, K. L. Simple exercises illustrating some applications of chemistry to agri
culture. 1908. 22 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Experiment stations office. Bulletin 195) 5 cts.
Twenty-eight exercises, dealing with plant foods, plant products, and the soil. Supplements
“Exercises in elementary agriculture," by Dick J. Crosby, which see. Hillman, F. H. Testing farm seeds in the home and in the rural school. 1911.
47 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 428)
Simple tests, with inexpensive apparatus, "admirably adapted for practical exercise work in elementary agriculture in rural schools.”
Howe, F. W. Boys' and girls' agricultural clubs. 1910. 23 p. illus. (Agriculture
dept. Farmers' bulletin 385)
Discussion of the movement and suggestions for the organization and work of similar clubs.
Useful in rural common schools. Jackson, Edwin R. Agricultural training courses for employed teachers. 1913.
17 p. 8o. (Agriculture dept. Office of experiment stations. Bulletin 7) Kelly, Ernest. Milk and cream contests. How to conduct them and how to prepare
samples for competition. 1912. 28 p. (Agriculture dept. Animal industry
bureau. Circular 205) 5 cts. Moore, Walter M., and Jackson, Edwin R. Forest nurseries for schools. 1910.
24 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 423)
“The suggestions are particularly valuable to rural school teachers, since they clearly describe a form of school-garden work which is applicable to all parts of the country and which ... will
be of greater permanent value than almost any other kind of school work.” Van Slyke, L. L. Course in cheese-making for movable schools of agriculture. 1906.
63 p. (Agriculture dept. Experiment stations office. Bulletin 166) 10 cts.
A syllabus of 14 lectures accompanied by 14 practise exercises; bibliography, list of books
intended for a library, list of apparatus, with cost itemized. Smith, H. R. A secondary course in animal production. 1911. 56 p. (Agriculture
dept. Experiment stations office. Circular 100) 5 cts.
A syllabus of lectures, recitations, etc.—155 lessons in all, with bibliography. Useful in aiding
the teacher prepare this course. Stuart, William. Potato growing as club work in the North and West. 1913. 10 p.
illus. (Agriculture dept. Plant industry bureau. Document 884)
Corbett, L. C. The propagation of plants. 1909. (reprint) 23 p. illus. (Agri
culture dept. Farmers' bulletin 157)
Cuttings and their use, laying, grafting and budding. The treatment is simple, brief and practical rather than complete and technical. Os especial use in growing small fruits, grapes and orchard fruits. Can be used in any course, from elementary up.
Tomato growing as club work in the North and West. 1913. 10 p. illus.
8o. (Agriculture dept. Bureau of plant industry. Document 883) Duggar, J. F. Potato culture. 1896. 23 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers'
Gives special attention to the most profitable amount of seed, with allied questions.
Useful as a guide in practical garden-work.
dept. Farmers' bulletin 253)
Valuable for rural high and agricultural schools; can also be used in rural common schools to
advantage. A good nature-study exercise anywhere. Failyer, George H. Management of soils to conserve moisture, with special refer
ence to semi-arid conditions. 1906. 30 p. figs. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 266)
How to dry-farm told in simple English. For local use in rural high and agricultural schools. Galloway, B.T. Distribution of seeds and plants by the Department of agriculture.
1912. 23 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Plant industry bureau. Circular 100) 5 cts.
Gives history, purpose, methods, and extent of the distribution. 5768°_13_ 3
Hartley, C. P. Corn cultivation. 1910. 32 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farm
ers' bulletin 414)
This, together with the two other farmers' bulletins by Mr. Hartley noted below, is of great value to boys' corn clubs.
Harvesting and storing corn. 1907. 29 p. figs. (Agriculture dept. Farm
ers' bulletin 313) - Seed corn. 1911. 13 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 415) Insect pests.
If any particular crop is being attacked write to the Bureau of entomology, Dept. of agriculture, for information. The bureau also studies the insects obnoxious to live stock, poultry, bees, and
man. Westgate, J. M., and Hillman, F. H. Red clover. 1911. 48 p. illus. (Agricul
ture dept. Farmers' bulletin 455)
Chiefly valuable for its practical farming hints; useful in advanced work.
Corbett, L. C. Annual flowering plants. 1904. 48 p. illus. (Agriculture dept.
Farmers' bulletin 195)
Treatment of small places; use of plants about a dwelling; school gardens and how to plan them; general cultural suggestions; hot-beds; cold frames and pits and their management; descriptions of 55 annual flowering plants.
Beautifying the home grounds. 1904. 24 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 185)
Equally useful in beautifying the school grounds. It discusses the planting plan, walks and drives, the greensward, selection and uses of shrubs, trees, grasses, and vines, and gives cultural suggestions.
The home fruit garden; preparation and care. 1905. 16 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 154)
Advantages; cultivation; methods of adapting plants to conditions; the combined fruit and vegetable garden; allotments of fruits for gardens of different sizes.
Very useful in establishing garden clubs. Metcalf, Haven. Diseases of ornamental trees. 1907. 11 p. illus. (Agriculture
dept. Yearbook, 1907. Reprint 463) 5 cts.
The description is non-technical, and means for prevention and treatment are given. Ragan, W. H. The home vineyard, with special reference to northern conditions.
Reprint, 1907. 22 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 156) 5 cts.
Location, cultivation, varieties to plant, insect enemies and remedies for them.
Equally useful for home, school, club, or other demonstration work. Schreiner, Oswald, Skinner, J. J., Corbett, L. C., and Mulford, F. L. Lawn
soils and lawns. 1912. 48 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Farmers' bulletin 494)
Lawns, their improvement, soil requirements, fertilization, soils suited for filling-in or top dressing, etc.
Very practical and useful in secondary schools. Thompson, Charles Henry. Ornamental cacti: their culture and decorative value.
1912. 24 p. illus. (Agriculture dept. Plant industry bureau. Bulletin 262) A practical handbook.
Assistance to private owners in the practice of forestry. 1912.8 pp. (Agriculture
dept. Forest service. Circular 203) 5 cts.
What owners need to know; where they may get help; how the Forest service helps them.