Better Homes in America/Making Bricks with 1st Graders
Herbert Hoover said, “A family that owns its own home takes pride in it, maintains it better, gets more pleasure out of it, and has a more wholesome, healthful, and happier atmosphere in which to bring up children. . . . Above all, the love of home is one of the finest instincts and the greatest of inspirations of our people.”
Herbert Hoover served as president of The Better Homes in America, a nationwide campaign initiated in 1922 by the editor of The Delineator, a Butterick Publishing Company household magazine. The campaign promoted home ownership, home maintenance and improvement, home decoration, improvement of house lots, yards, and neighborhoods, and the making of home gardens and home playgrounds. It also provided knowledge of ways to make home life happier, through the development of home music, home play, home arts and crafts, and the home library. It encouraged more general use of labor-saving equipment, time management practices, budgeting, and the development of home-life with reference to high standards of wholesomeness and achievement. Through its National office and state and local committees, Better Homes of America was able to reach citizens in virtually any community, letting them know of the available sources of help, information and education.