One of the most interesting things about home economics is its history. Cornell University in Ithaca, New York was home to one of the first major home economics departments. Part of this reason is that Cornell is the land-grant university for the state of New York, and is the home to the Cooperative Extension Service (more on this organization later) that continues to promote economic knowledge for the home.
You should check out the Cornell home ec website. It is full of information and rather interactive. Some things like the Domecon kids will seem unthinkable in today's world! Here's the web link:
Cornell Home Economics